AN Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially opened the eBay and PayPal facility when he visited Dundalk last week as part of a series of meetings in the area. “Your day has come” he announced as he cut the digital ribbon on the state of the art call centre.
PayPal’s decision to invest in the area was celebrated for the boost it would bring in the midst of the recession. But this is just the beginning of a long story according to David McManus the company’s president.
At the grand opening those from PayPal and eBay and local representatives spoke of the commitment and loyalty to the area that the company has developed and how they will see it continue into the future.
Speaking at the launch Vice President of European Operations Louise Phelan, said when they first viewed the building it felt like home. PayPal president, John Martin, described the facility in Dundalk as the heart of their company, vibrant with different languages and culture, and bubbling with passion.
Opening his speech An Taoisech Enda Kenny had the crowd laughing as he wryly speculated what might come of “bubbling passion” and a “never ending honeymoon” the company had with Dundalk.
He said that this was a day for Dundalk to be proud of and that this pride should be taken into the future. “It is all about getting young people getting to work, and being able to contribute to the local economy. This is your doing and your day has come” he said.
Fine Gael TD for Co Louth Peter Fitzpatrick echoed the Taoiseach’s sentiments saying that the opening is a boost for the area and that Dundalk is “open for business.”
Mr Kenny spoke of his commitment to ensuring the coming generations were educated for the jobs of the future.
Deputy Fitzpatrick said collaborative work is being done with the VEC and DkIT to see more local people develop the skills for the emerging industries.
PayPal’s head of global operation, John McCabe, has Dundalk roots himself and says the establishment of the facility in Dundalk feels like coming full circle for him.
His grandfather was Eoin McCabe who left Dundalk in 1914 for New York. Now, two generations later his grandson is proud to see the company lay foundations in his ancestral home.
Labour Senator Mary Moran was also making her way back home in a sense as the land that the industrial estate is built on once belonged to her family. Her mother grew up in a house that was close to where the access gate stands.