Before we take a look at this week’s business news, we must pay homage to a very inspirational business man, Steve Jobs.  Steve Jobs, Apple founder and former CEO sadly passed away today, at the tender age of 56. A true entrepreneur that will never be forgotten. RIP Steve Jobs.

There’s been lots of positive new job creations this week, particularly in the Dublin and Belfast regions.  Etihad Airways who already employ 90 Irish workers have today announced that they are looking to expand their Irish workforce by at least 100 people.  The company will be holding interviews for the positions next month.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced that more than 90 jobs are to be created in the marine research and the seafood processing sector.  Kenny gave details of the investment which will generate 64 jobs, as well as 28 research posts.  Mr Kenny stated “This has been achieved through the mapping of the 90% of Irish national territory that lies under the Atlantic, the creation of a quarter of a billion euro-worth of marine research infrastructure, and the fostering of strong linkages between industry and research centres, all of which will support employment opportunities in key areas of potential growth in the marine sector.”

Over to Belfast now and more than 80 jobs are to be created over the next three years at Kainos, an IT solutions company in Belfast. The jobs will be spread out with positions in sales, software engineering and project management. The move has been welcomed by Invest Northern Ireland, and will be a huge benefit to the area.