Clare TD Joe Carey has welcomed the news that a leading US hi-tech safety company has chosen Shannon as its European headquarters, with the creation of 25 new jobs.

Exida, which specialises in functional safety, industrial cybersecurity and alarm management, is establishing a new Centre of Excellence at the Gateway Hub, creating 25 roles over the next two years.

The welcome announcement was made after a lot of work behind the scenes by State authorities. It also follows several representations from Deputy Carey to Enterprise Minister Leo Varadkar in relation to Shannon in recent months.

Deputy Carey described the announcement as a “timely boost” for Shannon and the entire region during a difficult period for the area.

“Today’s announcement by exida is very welcome news for Clare and the Mid-West, particularly in light of the pandemic and the huge pressure it has brought to bear on Shannon Airport and many local industries,” the local Fine Gael TD said.

“It is also another vote of confidence in the area from an innovative international company that clearly sees the long-term benefits and potential of investing in Shannon and the Mid-West.”