Buttimer welcomes 30 new gaming jobs for Cork
A Yes vote tomorrow will ensure foreign investment continues
Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy, Jerry Buttimer, has welcomed the announcement of 30 new jobs for Cork at Red 5 Studios, which is establishing its European Headquarters here. Deputy Buttimer went on to say that the gaming industry, which was identified in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs as a sector with the potential for future growth and job creation capacity, has been growing steadily in Cork and this announcement is a vote of confidence in the county.
“Red 5 Studios is set to establish its European Headquarters in Cork, with the creation of 30 new jobs for the region. Big Fish Games, which has been growing steadily in Cork, made the decision in recent years to also base its European HQ here in Mahon, signalling the attractiveness of Cork as a centre for investment.
“The gaming sector is one of the fastest growing segments of the wider entertainment and media sectors and the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs sets out plans to double the number of people employed in this area in Ireland in the next two years.
“The benefits of growing this industry in Ireland do not only extend to the gaming world. There would also be wide reaching implications for the animation, tv/film production, advertising and e‐learning sectors.
“Companies who choose Cork as the centre for their European operations clearly recognise all that the county has to offer.  We have a young, educated work force, good infrastructure and are increasingly competitive. We have real potential to become the high-tech hub of Ireland and we are focused on ensuring that we are educating our young people to meet the needs of the industry through courses such as the  academic qualification in cloud computing that is now available from Cork IT, which is a world first.
“Foreign and local investors have been responding to the hard work of the Government since it came to office.  In recent months in Cork alone we have had a €200m investment in Jameson Distillery with 250 construction jobs and 30 additional full time positions set to be created, 500 jobs in the next 18 months at Apple, a €10 million investment in Pepsico and 200 permanent jobs and 300 construction jobs in Kinsale at Eli Lilly.
“I am asking people, in the interest of ensuring continued confidence in our economy, to go out and vote Yes on the Stability Treaty tomorrow. Our primary focus is getting our people back to work. A Yes vote will is a vote for stability, recovery and a working Ireland into the future.”