By Daniel Hunter

ConnectIreland is celebrating its first success under the Irish government’s ‘Succeed in Ireland’ initiative, with the creation of 30 new jobs.

US company, Intergeo Services, is to establish its European headquarters in Carlow, Ireland, following the intervention of Irish entrepreneur, Eddie Horkan who, in conjunction with ConnectIreland, persuaded the company to locate to Ireland, rather than elsewhere in Europe and create 30 new jobs in the area around Carlow. Mr Horkan will receive a payment of €45,000 from the Irish Government over next few years for his efforts.

In March this year, the Irish government appointed ConnectIreland to deliver the ‘Succeed in Ireland’ initiative, which aims to encourage overseas companies which would not be reached by existing State enterprise agencies, to locate to Ireland.

The initiative is part of Irish Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2012, under which Succeed in Ireland aims to create 5,000 new jobs over the next five years.

Individuals or connectors who help create new jobs in Ireland are paid a minimum of €1,500 per job up to a maximum of 100 jobs.

“This first win is a sign of what can be done when people think about their connections and how they might help create new jobs," Chairman of ConnectIreland and founder of Terry Clune said.

"We are currently in talks with over 100 companies as a direct result of introductions made by people in Ireland and overseas. But we need to tap the potential of the 70 million Irish people around the world to inform companies thinking of investing in Europe of the great opportunities that exist here in Ireland.”

Ireland is the first country in the world to offer an incentivised referral programme to boost efforts to attract foreign direct investment. Open to all nationalities, ConnectIreland is already attracting considerable interest from potential investors all over the world including Australia, Asia, US, Canada and Brazil among others.

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