Voters urged to consider businesses in European elections

IBEC says it’s vital that the needs of business are a priority for candidates in the upcoming EU Parliament Elections.

It’s calling on people to use their vote on May 24th as it’s a chance to strengthen Ireland’s influence in the European Parliament.

It says creating the right conditions for firms can improve living standards, generate tax revenues, and lead to new jobs.

IBEC CEO Danny McCoy says Europe can help Irish companies in a number of areas:

163 jobs have been announced at two separate companies in the west of Ireland.

Pharmaceutical company Allergan is creating 63 new positions in Westport, County Mayo.

The botox manufacturer is investing 65 million euro in its operations.

100 jobs are being created in Galway at wedding planning company – The Knot Worldwide – over the next few years.

New research shows that 60 percent of young adults would consider an apprenticeship as an alternative to college, if it was in an area of interest to them.

The study by the Insurance Institute shows that only 18 percent of people believe there are enough apprenticeships option to choose from.

The findings also show that over half of percent would encourage their child to undertake an apprenticeship.