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Posted by Francis O' Toole on October 31, 2012

YapStone, a company that handles payments for holiday rentals online and also runs ParishPay, which processes online donations for religious organisations, is to open a base in Drogheda as it expands its operations around the world.

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton welcomed the Yapstone initiative when he visited the firm’s head office in Walnut Creek, California, yesterday, calling it “great news for the north east and for the country”.

Tom Villante, chairman of Yapstone, which he co-founded in 1999, was enthusiastic about opportunities in Ireland.

He told The Irish Times: “I think it’s going to be a huge opportunity for us. We really looked at a lot of different countries.”

Yapstone looked at Ireland very hard, said Mr Villante. “We probably did about nine months of discovery, taking in all factors,” he said.

Yapstone already has a temporary office in Dublin. Mr Villante rejected suggestions that the Drogheda jobs amounted to a call centre, saying that some roles would be in customer service, while others would be in sales and in product research.

The 120 jobs will be created over three years, he said.




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