This large-scale project will bring with it large-scale employment opportunities for Ireland. Wind farms generate local employment throughout their lifecycle, from the early years in the pre-construction phase, right through construction to the operational phase which lasts 25 years or more. Moreover, the Energy Bridge is a uniquely large scale project with a unique ability to attract new manufacturing industry to Ireland. As is being done for the off shore wind industry in the UK, this presents the opportunity to develop a wind industry manufacturing cluster, within easy access of Northern Europe for export, providing significant long-term employment here at home. Without
a project of this scale this future is unlikely to ever become a reality. But with the Energy Bridge, companies that manufacture and install turbines, turbine foundations, electrical components, cables and other associated infrastructure companies will be attracted to initially manufacture here to supply the Energy Bridge, and to remain due to our low corporation tax rates, highly educated skilled workforce, and our location as a gateway to the European markets.