Huge recruitment alert as two major Irish employers submit applications

CENTRA aims to create new jobs and business across Ireland with an investment of €23 million in the country.

The investment will result in expanding the nationwide presence with the opening of 18 new stores and the creation of at least 468 new jobs, taking Centra’s total workforce to over 12,000.

Centra plans to invest €23 million this year to expand its stores across the country


Centra plans to invest €23 million this year to expand its stores across the countryPhoto credit: Crispin Rodwell – The Sun Dublin

Centra will also remodel and update 35 existing stores this year.

Centra’s expansion and investment program comes on top of the €25 million committed last year, which included a refresh of 33 stores across the country.

Ian Allen, Managing Director of Centra said: “At Centra we strive to provide our customers with the best value Irish products of exceptional quality.

“Our deep understanding of the role of convenience in purchasing decisions has led us to adapt to the schedules of our time-poor shoppers and meet their needs any time of the day.

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“Today’s customers shop little and often, and Centra is the perfect solution to meet this trend.”

He said: “We also recognize that these are challenging times, with the cost of living rising and inflation rising.

“We continually adapt to meet the needs of our customers and I would like to thank them for their loyalty and our retail partners in all communities across Ireland for the role they have played in delivering this relentless value and service.”

This comes as Iarnród Éireann has launched a new train driver recruitment campaign, which will set up a body to hire up to 80 drivers.

Investing in Iarnród Éireann’s network, fleet and customer service will result in a significant increase in the role of rail as the backbone of Ireland’s sustainable transport network.

Driver roles will be based in locations such as Dublin (DART, Connolly and Heuston), Cork, Limerick, Galway, Portlaoise and Waterford.

The company is encouraging women to consider driver roles, with recent trainee classes seeing an increasing number of women.

It also highlighted the diverse range of previous careers from which recent driver recruitment stems, from banking to airlines, from defense forces to archaeology, and more.

Commenting on the recruitment campaign, Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive Jim Meade said: “Iarnród Éireann is a dynamic organization with excellent opportunities for advancement.

“With the planned expansion of services under the National Development Plan, it is an exciting time to be part of a growing organization.

“We are also seeing great interest in careers at Iarnród Éireann from a range of backgrounds – we are a diverse and inclusive employer and in particular we are encouraging more women to apply for driver positions and are encouraged by the recent increase in interest from women encourages recruitment actions.

“We don’t just offer jobs, we offer careers and opportunities.

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“I myself joined the railways as an apprentice and with a European Railway and CIPD award-winning talent management function within Iarnród Éireann, we believe we stand alongside any organization when it comes to enabling our people to bring out the best in themselves to their potential.”

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