Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

30 new jobs created in Galway by GeoScience Ireland Network companies

This week’s Geoscience Ireland figures on 2016 show that 30 new jobs were created in Galway last year by Geoscience Ireland member companies.

An agency of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Geoscience Ireland is working in partnership with Enterprise Ireland to create and maintain jobs in the geoscience sector in Ireland.

With 30 new jobs created by Galway-based Geoscience Ireland member companies in 2016 Galway is the strongest growing region accounting for 17% of the job creation nationally, second only to Dublin.

While 179 jobs were created by Geoscience Ireland companies nationally two out of every five were created outside the Capital with growth in counties including Galway, Mayo and Tipperary.

With these positive employment figures Geoscience Ireland  is meeting its priorities of supporting job creation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors, of helping Irish companies to win work and contracts abroad, and of delivering balanced regional growth.

Undoubtedly, the sustained increase in job creation by Geoscience Ireland companies (179 in 2016, 178 in 2015) and the growth of the GI network is being helped by the additional €2.5 million – a 28% increase – which I allocated to Geoscience Ireland in Budget 2017.


Geoscience Ireland Job Creation 2016

TOTAL for 2016:

Jobs Created +220 Less Jobs Lost -41 = TOTAL NET New Jobs; 179 (as per 31st December 2016)

Regional in 2016:

  • Dublin companies: +87 (39.5%)
  • Excluding Dublin: +88 (40%)
  • Overseas: +45 (20.5%)


Galway is the strongest growing region, reporting 18 jobs created in H1 and a further 12 jobs created in H2; total 30 skilled jobs in the region (engineering consulting and contract drilling).

The aggregate net job creation since Sept 2012 is now: 477