Mayor Lawlor, Cathaoirlach O’Byrne, Conor Gerry ladies and gentlemen.
I am truly honoured and delighted to be a part of this wonderful good news story today.
Too often I have been called upon to make comment upon closures and job losses.
But today is a great day both for Wexford and Zurich.
Wexford Chambers association with Zurich goes right back to their earliest days here in 2008.
Since then both organisations have worked closely together and grown and prospered.
A representative of Zurich has sat on the board of the chamber since 2009 when Zurich became the headline sponsor of our annual business awards.
It is testament to Zurichs foresight and commitment that they recognised at that time an opportunity to make a real contribution to the business community in Wexford. Indeed without that support and commitment from a company of Zurichs calibre our Business Awards would not be the unrivalled success they are today.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Conor and Jerry on behalf of Zurich for their unfailing support.
Today is a day for Wexford to be proud.
We have cemented a relationship with a leading edge global financial services provider who see a bright future in our town. The addition of a further 45 jobs to Zurichs Centre of Excellence here sends out a strong message that Wexford is a good place to do business.
I would like also to applaud the efforts of our local authority under CEO Tom Enright in seeking to establish a real strategy to attract both FDI and indigenous business to our town and county.
Finally I call on the people and businesses of Wexford to support Zurich. They have shown trust and commitment to us.
Lets not forget them when we need to protect whats valuable to us.
Thank You & Loch Garman Abu