Paddy Power hires 500 staff in Dublin

IRISH bookmaker Paddy has announced the creation of 500 new jobs at its Dublin headquarters, as its revenues rose.

The chain said it saw net revenues in the last three months climb 17 per cent in the UK and 70 per cent in Australia. However in the Irish Republic they were up only nine per cent as gambling in the cash strapped country fell off.

Irish business minister, Batt O’Keeffe. said: “Paddy Power is now a major Irish employer and today’s announcement will bring the firm’s workforce here to more than 2,200.”

“Paddy Power’s rapid international expansion has direct revenue benefits for the Irish Exchequer.”

The company said it would create a further 640 jobs in the UK and Australia by 2013.