Offshore wind engineers for oil and gas company Shell.

Jobs boost on Leeside

More than 250 new jobs are in the pipeline for Cork following a flurry of activity and investments in the region.

Accounting for 153 is Lidl Ireland who will create a variety of operational and office-based roles across its 22 Cork locations and regional distribution centre in Charleville.

The new roles are being created to support Lidl’s growing footprint of stores.The announcement comes as Lidl is named as one of 14 Irish companies recognised by the Top Employers Institute as a Top Employer for 2021.

The company also announced a bonus of almost a quarter of a million euro to be shared amongst staff as a thank you for their dedication throughout the pandemic.

A further 100 jobs are to be created by leading investment solutions provider Alter Domus, substantially increasing headcount at the company’s European Centre of Excellence in Cork.

Alter Domus operates a European hub for global private debt, private equity, real estate and infrastructure investors and managers supporting over €1 trillion in assets under administration globally.

With offices in Cork and Dublin, Alter Domus has already invested significantly in its Irish operations, having increased its headcount in Ireland from 100 to 180 people in 2020.

The 100 jobs will be located at a new workplace at Cork Airport Business Park bringing the company’s overall Irish headcount to 280 staff.

Heather Crowley-Kerr, Head of Operations Europe, Alter Domus, said: “Our Irish operations have played a key part in our growth.”

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We are delighted to announce the creation of 100 new jobs in Ireland and, in particular, at our European Centre of Excellence in Cork. Ireland offers a strong talent pool from which to grow.”


Meanwhile, Cork Chamber has welcomed news that oil and gas company Shell is to acquire a significant 51 per cent share of floating wind, wave energy group Simply Blue Energy in Kinsale.

Thomas McHugh, Director of Public Affairs at Cork Chamber, said the move will be the first in a wave of significant investment in the “huge potential” offered in energy production by the Celtic Sea.

“Shell will be transformative for our economy, and our environment,” said Mr McHugh.

He added: “With renewable power for up to 800,000 homes, Ireland is stepping up and being a responsible global citizen. There are significant potential gains for any country or region that can make headway and it is essential that Ireland robustly supports this transition.”