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We asked Tomas Flanagan from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:


Tomas Flanagan

Occupational Therapist

St. Michael's House

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I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.


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260 New Jobs with ESB and Vodafone Joint Venture

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260 New Jobs with ESB and Vodafone Joint Venture

Thursday, May 14, 2015 

260 New Jobs with ESB and Vodafone Joint Venture

A joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone has been officially launched today, with the promise of 200 temporary construction jobs and 60 permanent positions.

The new broadband company, called Siro, is to invest €450m in bringing high speed fibre optic broadband cables to the door of 500,000 premises in regional towns around the country. The service has been trialled in 300 premises in Cavan since last autumn, where users have been able to avail of upload and download speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

The network will be built on the ESB's existing overground and underground infrastructure and involves bringing a fibre optic cable, capable of handling the high speed broadband connectivity, right into the user's home or premises. It differs from most other fibre services on offer as it does not involve the use of slower copper cabling at any stage of the network. The new service promises speeds of between 200 Mbps and 1000 Mbps, many multiples of what most users currently have.

The system will be open, meaning it will be made available to all other telecom operators to offer retail services over. Siro itself will not offer retail services but Vodafone, as a partner in the venture, is likely to be one of the first operators to use the network to offer a service directly to customers.

Siro this morning revealed the ten towns in which the service will begin rolling out to from June. They include:

  • Cavan
  • Dundalk
  • Westport
  • Castlebar
  • Sligo
  • Carrigaline
  • Tralee
  • Navan
  • Letterkenny and
  • Wexford

A further 40 towns will be brought online from next year. The company says, depending on commercial viability, up to 300 other regional towns and large villages could also see the network extended to them.

The firm is targeting centres of population away from the large cities, which are already well served by broadband infrastructure. The company says 200 contractors will be employed to roll out the service, while a further 60 people will be employed on a direct and permanent basis by the joint venture company.

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Siro is not the only company planning to offer so-called Fibre-to-the-Home services to areas outside the main cities. Eircom has been conducting a trial in Belcarra Co Mayo, and announced earlier this week that it will roll out its FTTH offering to 19 locations from August.

A further 66 communities will later be included in the Eircom network footprint, which will involve the use of 90,000km of fibre optic cable. However, 30% of the country's premises are unlikely to ever receive high speed broadband services from commercial operators, because they are in rural areas which are not commercially viable for the private sectors company to build out to. Instead, the 700,000 premises are due to be connected under the Government-subsidised National Broadband Plan, which pledges to deliver a minimum of 30Mbps connectivity to all homes by the end of the decade. However, many people in rural areas are sceptical of the plan, because previous State broadband plans have failed to deliver, leaving many rural dwellers and businesses without connectivity.

Career Opportunities with ESB are advertised here. See also Vodafone current vacancies.

Visit the ESB profile on for a wide range of career information on opportunities with the ESB.


The CareersPortal Team