Professional services and consultancy firm EY will double the number of employees at its Galway office by 2020, creating 35 new jobs in the region.
The firm, which currently offers Tax and Audit services to indigenous, multinational and entrepreneurial business across the Western Seaboard, plans to introduce a number of additional service offerings over the coming two years, including Corporate Finance and Risk Advisory, as well as enhanced specialisms and expertise to complement its existing Tax and Audit services.
The news was announced at the opening of its new expanded office space in the heart of Galway City. Following rapid growth from five to 35 employees since the office’s inception in 2016, the firm has opened an expanded, state-of-the-art office space at Hibernian House. Overlooking Eyre Square, the office has the capacity to support the firm’s ambition to continue to grow to 70 employees within two years.
Employing more than 2,500 people across the island of Ireland, EY has significantly boosted its pool of talent in the past six months, with 520 positions created across its seven offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Galway.
Commenting on the opening, Paraic Waters, Director, EY Galway said EY’s new, ultra-modern office has great facilities for all our team in Galway, and has the capacity to accommodate the additional 35 people they will recruit by 2020.
“We’re delighted to give people in Galway the opportunity to live in their local communities and contribute to the economic prosperity of our thriving city, while growing their careers as part of our global firm.
“The support of our clients, and partner organisations has been crucial to our success to date, and we’d like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us over the last two years.”
EY Ireland Managing Partner Frank O’Keefe said Galway is a hub for Ireland’s prospering Life Sciences sector, and in particular a global Centre of Excellence for innovations in MedTech.
“With a strong network of third-level institutions, relatively low costs and the quality of life on offer for employees, the West of Ireland is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities to attract investment.
“Building on the expansion of our Cork office earlier this year, this announcement reflects our continuing commitment to building on our established reputation outside of Dublin and growing our footprint and client offering in our regional offices more broadly,” he said.
Building on its legacy in the region, EY has also supported more than 35 entrepreneurs across the West of Ireland over the past 21 years through the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Programme™. Two of last year’s winners were from the West of Ireland: Harry Hughes, overall EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2017, and Evelyn O’Toole, winner of the Industry category 2017. For more details, see www.eoy.ie