Not that I would choose to live in Leixlip but if their facilities are poor, well that’s almost the whole of Ireland. Two train stations with a regular line, two Dublin bus routes, a few primary schools with places, two public secondary schools with a private one nearby. Two GAA clubs, an AIL rugby club, a running track, tennis courts (still there?), astro turf and soccer club, gyms, fishing, golf clubs nearby and kayaking.
On Intel, papers reporting 420-550 range of redundancies. What will go unreported, as ever, is the contractors. Might take 6 months to feed into system but it will have a big impact on rental and general housing market in North Kildare.
Something other than sport? Of the things you mention, the only ones that would have any value to me would be the public transport into and out of Dublin.
Still, I agree that Leixlip is probably no worse than any other small to middling town in Ireland (or indeed, most other countries in the developed world) and the fact that you can get in and out of the city for its amenities without absolutely having to drive everywhere makes it better than a lot of places in Ireland.
All that said, Intel is one of the larger employers of acquaintances and ex-colleagues over the years. I’m sure some of them must be checking their options and polishing up their CVs, even if they’re not in the current redundancy round. Early on, it can be difficult to tell if these adjustments are one-off or the start of a secular trend.
Not sure if there’s 5000 people available in construction at this point!
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Salesforce is pushing big time - 1,500 people and a fancy building in the IFSC! Plus a million quid for Educate Together so the workforce doesn’t have to put their kids into catholic schools. salesforce.com/uk/blog/2019 … ublin.html
They’re obviously doing it for tax reasons, otherwise they would set up offices in places that have a surplus of suitable prospective employees, unless they’re hoping to poach the staff from other companies.
I’d prefer that they properly policed their content (as every other publisher is obliged to do) and paid taxes - handing over a trivial amount from a large pot of untaxed wealth is not generosity - giving a million after your profits have been taxed is generosity. This just looks slimy to me.
The tax is the main reason but the availability of staff is another reason. There are roughly 80000 people working in IT in this country (although ‘IT’ is a very loose term it does include the kind of call centre fodder that Salesforce are (mainly) looking for).
People in IT change jobs roughly every 2-3 years so there are around 25000 people that potentially include the kind of skills that you are looking for - there are very few locations in the world that you will find those kind of numbers available. Salesforce are a decent employer - there are plenty of people who will be willing to jump from some of the less attractive employers in the city. Pay is at least starting to rise even in this lower end work so possible it will put some money into the economy and hopefully not just into increased rents.
IT is such a generic term that it is becoming relatively meaningless. I’ve been involved in the IT sector for the guts of two decades and we would see our industry as more Business Solutions to Information Technology in the traditional sense.
Calling a person who is in content control in Facebook as being in the IT sector is misleading, as is a graduate in Salesforce banging out 100 cold calls a day.