Welcome jobs boost for county

Homecare provider Bluebird Care has announced the creation “a minimum of 25 jobs” in Co Leitrim as part of a package of 510 new jobs announced country-wide earlier this week. Nearby county, Longford is also set to benefit from the jobs announcement with 15 new jobs expected for the county.

Homecare provider Bluebird Care has announced the creation “a minimum of 25 jobs” in Co Leitrim as part of a package of 510 new jobs announced country-wide earlier this week. Nearby county, Longford is also set to benefit from the jobs announcement with 15 new jobs expected for the county.

The positions will come on stream over the next six months and will be open to care assistants and support workers nationwide.

Spokesperson for Bluebird Care, Marty Kelly, told the Leitrim Observer that they had earmarked at least 25 jobs for Co Leitrim but stressed this figure was conservative and “the final numbers employed could be much higher”.

“It is dependent on demand. If we need more we’ll employ more. The figure of 25 jobs for Co Leitrim is conservative. This is the minimum number we are looking at employing,” he said.

Bluebird care currently employs just short of 800 people nationwide.

“We have an exceptional team who are committed to delivering first-class care. In the current economic climate we are delighted to be able to create these new jobs,” said Operations Director with Bluebird Care, Eddie O’Toole. He added that A recent report by the Carer’s Association suggests that in order to manage the current carer to cared-for population ratios, Ireland will need an additional 44,289 carers by 2021, leaving the way open for further employment opportunities in the industry.

Bluebird Care is a franchise operation and was set up in Ireland in 2007 with one office. It now has 18 offices nationwide with franchises due to come on stream in Counties Longford, Roscommon, Wexford and Westmeath in the coming months.

Anyone wishing to apply for a position in Co Leitrim can do so through the website www.bluebirdcare.ie, by contacting the regional office via email on donegal@bluebirdcare.ie or by phoning the regional office directly on (074) 9129562.