26 September 2014
Opening of new Kia Liffey Valley Dealership
Speaking at the opening, Minister Fitzgerald said:
“The opening of a new business is an exciting time: for the entrepreneurs, their co-workers, their families, and their community. It is also a positive sign of an improving business climate, where people feel increasingly empowered to take a chance and put their entrepreneurial skills to the test.
She congratulated Kia Liffey Valley MD Gabriel Keane on his initiative and wished him well for the future, noting that he has a “long history in the auto sector, and it is a credit to him that he has now taken the brave and admirable step to set up his own business.
She added that “thankfully, Gabriel also has the wind at his back. The Kia brand is growing in Ireland, having had a number of successful recent years. He will also enjoy the benefits of an excellent location here at Liffey Valley, which due to its popularity is seeing several new businesses being built at this time.
“Perhaps most importantly,” she noted, “the business outlook is improving rapidly. The latest Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) figures show that in the nine months of 2014 so far, 89,279 new cars have been registered – that represents 15,000 more than all of 2013.
“Gabriel will initially employ eleven people here but if all goes to plan he hopes to grow this to twenty over the next eighteen months. This is wonderful news for the area, and further evidence that our national economic recovery is beginning to be felt in a meaningful way locally,” Minister Fitzgerald concluded.