The IRFU and ConnectIreland are coming together this weekend to encourage fans attending the Ireland v South Africa match to consider if there is anything they can do to help reverse the trend of emigration that has had a devastating effect on families, communities and clubs throughout the country in recent years.
As part of the Irish Government’s ‘Succeed in Ireland’ programme, ConnectIreland rewards Connectors who make introductions to overseas companies with a mobile investment project, which results in new sustainable jobs in Ireland.
ConnectIreland staff will be at the Aviva Stadium this weekend to demonstrate directly to supporters how they could receive a reward of up to €;1,500 per job by simply using their contacts – family, friends and business connections – to make introductions to overseas companies that could lead to job creation in Ireland.
Discussing the project, IRFU President Louis Magee said: “Irish rugby has a history of developing great captains, and captains of industry have always been great supporters of our game, and while we hope they can relax and enjoy their day we ask them to consider ConnectIreland.
“Unfortunately almost every club in the country has seen a gifted player emigrate so we welcome the opportunity to help ConnectIreland create the jobs that can stop the trend of emigration and benefit everyone, including clubs and our game.”
Supporting the initiative, Ireland team manager and businessman Michael Kearney commented: “The Irish squad enjoys incredible support and as an entrepreneur I am delighted to see the IRFU support an initiative that can create jobs and assist our economy.
“Hopefully today’s initiative can create many jobs, but if even just one new job is created, which could help someone return home or prevent them from emigrating in the first place, then that would be a great result.”
Welcoming the support from the IRFU, Joanna Murphy, COO, ConnectIreland, added: “We are delighted to get this opportunity from the IRFU to talk directly to their supporters. Our message to fans is simple – if you can make an introduction to a decision maker in a company thinking of expanding, which ultimately creates jobs in Ireland, you could receive a reward.
“Keep an eye out for the ConnectIreland team who will be around the stadium this weekend to discuss the opportunity with fans.”
Further information is available on www.connectireland.com.