• 20 new jobs have been created with the opening of a new Aldi store in Ballinrobe today.Featuring Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh layout and design, the new store boasts a large shop floor spanning 987m², 71 free car parking spaces, wide aisles and hi-spec fixtures and fittings.

    The new Ballinrobe store is Aldi’s third store in Co. Mayo. Aldi now has a total of 133 stores in Ireland, with the other locations being Castlebar and Claremorris.

    The new store is part of Aldi’s €160m investment in its Irish store network. Aldi has committed €100m to constructing and opening 20 new stores by the end of 2019, while Project Fresh sees Aldi invest a further €60m in revamping the layout and design of all its 133 stores nationwide.

  • There is good news for Galway on the jobs front with 75 new posts announced this morning.

    Quidel Corporation, which makes medical diagnostic equipment, is establishing a Business Centre in the city.

    The international company already employs approximately 1,200 people across the world.

    Quidel is currently recruiting professionals for its Galway operation in areas including Finance, Human Resources, Customer Service, and Technical Support.

  • Bus Eireann has announced a recruitment campaign to hire almost 200 people for jobs around the country.

    This includes 190 drivers and additional mechanic roles to service the ongoing expansion of the national network.

    The jobs will be in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Mayo, Waterford, Wicklow, Navan, Drogheda, Limerick and west Clare.

  • Bus Eireann is to hire thirty people in Galway and eight in Mayo, under a new recruitment plan announced by the company today.


    Over 200 people will be hired nationwide, as the company recruits additional drivers and mechanics to service the ongoing expansion of the national network.


    The jobs will be in Mayo, Galway, Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Wicklow, Navan, Deogheda, Limerick and west Clare.


    In Mayo Bus Eireann is looking at bringing in some additional services on Route 52 under the PSO – that’s the Ballina-Westport-Galway route and faster journey times.


    In Galway there will be increased services on Route 404 and Route 409.

  • Coca-Cola has today announced that it is proposing the transfer of production from its Athy International Concentrates plant in Co Kildare, to the high capacity facility at Ballina Beverages in Co Mayo.

    This follows a review of concentrate manufacturing by the company.

    In a statement to Midwest News, Coca-Cola says existing and future demand for concentrate and beverage base supply from Ireland to its global customers can be met by the Ballina plant. As a result it is proposed that Athy International Concentrates will close on a phased basis from September 2018 to December 2019.

    The closure will result in the loss of 82 direct jobs, with 43 of the roles transferring to the Ballina plant. Employees from Athy would have the option to transfer. Coca-Cola will commence a period of consultation with employee representatives at the Athy plant.

    The statement says that if the transfer goes ahead and the Athy plant closes, in addition to the redundancy package, the company will be providing supports including financial advice, job search and re-training for the employees affected.

    Midwest News did ask for a spokesperson but were told there wasn’t anyone available this evening.

  • Ulster Bank is to reduce staff numbers and introduce more automated systems in branches, as part of changes that were confirmed to Midwest News today.

    In response to a query from Midwest News today, an Ulster Bank spokesperson said:

    “More and more of our customers are choosing to do their everyday banking online or on our mobile app. In response to this changing customer behaviour, we are announcing changes to some of our branches including investment and refurbishment, increased automation, and a further move to cashless advice centres in five locations. These changes will result in a reduction in the number of people working in our branch network by 54. We know this is difficult news for our staff. We are doing everything we can to support those affected and will manage these changes in line with existing processes with the Financial Services Union.”

    The spokesperson confirmed there will be no branch closures as part of the changes and it has not been confirmed where the job losses will be specifically.

    The spokesperson also confirmed that Ulster Bank hopes to manage as many of these job reductions as possible on a voluntary basis and will ensure compulsory redundancies are kept to an absolute minimum.