The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, has announced 90 new jobs at E+I Engineering Ltd in Donegal. E+I Engineering Ltd is a global leader in the critical power distribution sector, manufacturing electrical switchgear, busduct systems and energy management software, for some of the most recognisable brands and technically advanced companies all over the world.

Announcing the jobs boost, the Taoiseach was also joined by Julie Sinnamon, Chief Executive of Enterprise Ireland and Philip O’Doherty, Managing Director of E+I Engineering.

This major jobs boost, supported by Enterprise Ireland, is the latest in a series of Research and Development projects which began in 2004. The R&D projects have been rolled out across E+I Engineering’s manufacturing facilities in the United Arab Emirates and South Carolina in the USA. E+I Engineering currently employ 1,700 staff globally, with just under half in the North West of Ireland.

The new jobs and extension of the 215,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Donegal represents an investment of around €9.5 million by the company who now operates in over 40 countries around the world.

The new jobs created will include roles in engineering, project management, testing and production.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “This is a fantastic boost for the North West by a company which is highly regarded here at home and around the world. These new high-quality skilled jobs, on top of the large numbers employed already, are testament to the hard work and dedication of an Irish company competing and winning in the global market place.

“The Government is investing heavily in regional development, through Project Ireland 2040, our €116 billion investment plan. In Donegal, it means, for example, improved road transport including the development of the N56 between Dungloe and Glenties and between Mountcharles and Inver Road. It means reduced congestion in Letterkenny through a new dual carriageway and bypass and improved services in Letterkenny hospital.

“All of these developments will help companies like E+I Engineering to continue to expand and attract more investment and employees. I wish everyone at the company the very best for the future endeavours and I will be looking on with interest as they continue to grow in the years ahead.”

Speaking at the announcement and opening of the newly extended manufacturing facility, Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland said: “A key focus for Enterprise Ireland is to support companies like E+I Engineering to build scale and expand their reach internationally. E+I is a highly innovative Irish company with global ambition operating in a high growth sector. Enterprise Ireland has worked closely with E+I Engineering since 2004, supporting the company to scale in international markets to include the US and Middle East whilst creating employment domestically. Today’s announcement is a hugely positive development for the company and for employment in the North West region.”

Philip O’Doherty, Managing Director of E+I Engineering, commented: “We know just how competitive the industry is, so we strive to be ahead of the game by generating high quality, skilled jobs and providing the most professional leadership. This summer we have continued our very successful apprenticeship programme by taking on 22 new apprentices. With the assistance of Enterprise Ireland, the overall investment will be a significant injection to the local economy here in the North West providing many direct and indirect benefits for the community.”


Pictured (from left to right): Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland; An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD; and Philip O’Doherty, Managing Director of E+I Engineering.