At peak construction over 1,400 people were employed on the Corrib project. Between 45% and 50% of this workforce was from the combined Kilcommon, Erris and Mayo communities. The percentage of local people employed has remained at or above the 50% mark. Where relevant expertise and experience exists, the Corrib Partners and the main contractors try to employ local staff. Between now and the end of construction in 2015, 700 full-time equivalent jobs will be sustained on the project, with 380 of these in Mayo and Donegal.
Local contractors have benefitted hugely from the project – and have, in turn, contributed significantly to its progress and outstanding safety record to date. Shevlin Engineering, Lennon’s Quarries, Barrett’s Quarries, Carey Plant Hire, Belcross Limited, Hegarty Electrical, Artec Construction and Rossglen are all local companies that have worked on the project over several years.
They have gained safety and quality accreditations during their time on the project, putting them in a stronger position to compete for other projects, both in Ireland and further afield. The skills developed and experience gained by many local people, along with the experience built up by a varied group of local contractors, means that Erris itself is better placed to attract other industries and businesses to the area.
The local economy has benefitted in other ways too as a result of the Corrib project. At peak construction, up to 800 people were living in accommodation locally, and several hundred continue to do so. Local suppliers are providing products and services to the project, while local restaurants and pubs are benefitting from a significant amount of activity at a time when many other rural areas are depressed. Local facilities and amenities are being availed of by the project and its staff.
These benefits to the local community will not end with the completion of the construction phase.
Approximately 175 full-time equivalent jobs will be sustained on the project during operations and it is expected that a significant number of these will be local. In addition to the many local economic benefits outlined above, the Erris community has also seen road upgrades, valued at €19m to date, carried out across the community over the last six years. These road upgrade works have been carried out by Mayo County Council and funded by the Corrib Gas Partners. There has also been significant investment in community, sporting, social and cultural projects in the area.
Local contractors working on the Corrib project:
- Artec Construction & Facilities Ltd
- Barrett's Quarry Limited
- Belcross Enterprises Ltd
- Hegarty Electrical
- Lennon’s Quarry Limited
- Ross Glen Construction
- Shevlin Engineering