Interview with Speedpak Group Chief Executive John P. Murphy on Near FM for ‘The Future Is Social’

Interview with Speedpak Group Chief Executive John P. Murphy on Near FM for ‘The Future Is Social’

Monday 10th May 2021: Myra Gleeson of Coolock-based Near FM speaks with John P. Murphy, Chief Executive of Speedpak Group, who provides insight into how the organisation works locally to provide real commercial work and industry-led training opportunities for long-term unemployed people.

The interview provides a great overview into the workings of a modern social enterprise. It outlines how an organisation set up 25 years ago to address the significant local problem of long-term unemployment, has become a dynamic business successfully achieving a social mission. Collaboration with the local community, the State, philanthropic organisations, businesses community and its customers has been key to that success.

As part of Rethink Ireland‘s ‘Future Is Social’ campaign to raise awareness of social enterprises, John gives great examples of the impactful work of other local and national social enterprises.

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Interview with Speedpak Group Chief Executive John P. Murphy on Near FM for ‘The Future Is Social’

‘The Future Is Social’ radio interview with Speedpak’s John P. Murphy and Eoghan Ryan of Rethink Ireland

In this interview, first broadcast on Tuesday 11th May 2021, Dublin City FM presenter Sam Assad speaks with John P. Murphy, Chief Executive of Speedpak Group and and Eoghan Ryan, Growth Fund Manager at Rethink Ireland about Rethink Ireland’s ‘Future is Social’ campaign and the role of social enterprises in a post-pandemic Ireland.

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Career Opportunity: General Operative

Career Opportunity: General Operative

Job Title: General Operative 

Reporting to: The Operations Manager/ Assistant Operations Manager 


Speedpak CLG, trading as Speedpak Group, is a social enterprise providing work experience and training for people who are long term unemployed.

Our Speedpak Contract Services business specialises in providing customised contract packing and e-commerce fulfilment services to industry. Under our Shamrock Rosettes brand we manufacture a wide range of promotional products, including rosettes, sashes and badges. We are the largest manufacturer and distributor of these promotional products in the Republic of Ireland. The business operates an online shop and exports its products. We also supply embroidered sports clothing.

For more information see our websites:, and  


The general operative role will work as part of the operations team in all Speedpak businesses, carrying out Manufacturing, Assembly, Packing, Printing and Distribution tasks.


  • Achieving set production targets and meeting all relevant quality standards
  • Operating Plant and Equipment;  Maintaining  equipment as specified under Standard Operations Procedures
  • Overseeing goods inwards and outwards as instructed by management
  • Adhering to Health & Safety guidelines and regulations 
  • Following the principles of good manufacturing housekeeping
  • Mentoring staff on the work experience and Labour Market programmes with Speedpak Group


  • Experience in Manufacturing, Assembling and Packing
  • Ability to works well in a team 
  • Excellent timekeeping and attendance
  • An efficient and organised approach to work
  • Commitment to good customer service and quality


This position is supported by POBAL under the Community Services Programme (CSP), and you must be eligible to apply. We particularly welcome applications from:

  • Persons in receipt of disability allowance, invalidity pension or blind persons pension or other disability benefit;
  • Travellers in receipt of jobseekers payment or one parent family benefit;
  • Stabilised and recovering drug misusers;
  • People with convictions who are in contact with the Probation Service;
  • Persons in receipt of jobseeker’s benefit, jobseekers assistance or one parent family payment or the jobseeker  transitional payment ;
  • People employed from TÚS , Gateway, Community Employment and Job Initiative (JI) schemes;
  • Former RSS workers who were previously Community Employment participants.


  • Hourly Rate : €12.65
  • Hours of work: 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 4.00 Friday (39 hours) 
  • 30 minute unpaid lunch break
  • 20 days annual leave
  • Sick leave policy applies
  • This is a fixed term contract for 1 year
  • This post is subject to on-going Government funding under the Community Services Programme. 


Please send a copy of your CV and covering letter either by post or email no later than 5.00pm on Friday 30 October 2020 with interviews taking place on Wednesday 11 November 2020

By post to: 

Edel Moloney
Change & Development Manager
Speedpak Limited
Units 5-8 Clonshaugh Business & Technology Park
Dublin 17

By email to:

Strict COVID -19 protocols will be put in place for interviews to ensure the safely of all attendees. Those invited for interview will be provide with clear instructions in advance on the hygiene procedures in Speedpak . Masks and hand sanitisers will be available.  

Speedpak is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Speedpak Group Activity During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Speedpak Group Activity During the Covid-19 Pandemic

At Speedpak we are currently focussing on those parts of our commercial business that are deemed essential. We are proud to play a part in this national effort by helping to ensure working supply chains and distribution channels for disposable food trays and containers and for PPE equipment, with particular emphasis on the needs of the medical sector.

The safety of our staff and the wider community is paramount. As a consequence we are operating with reduced staff levels to ensure we can operate recommended social distancing in the workplace, while at the same time providing contract packing and fulfilment service to our customers.

We have facilitated home-working for those of our staff who undertake administration, finance, training and communications and we continue to provide support to our customers by email and telephone at 01 867 1707 and

We continue to work towards our strategic objectives to support our community by:

  • Maintaining regular contact and providing support to our 50 trainees on our labour market programmes, Community Employment & TÚS
  • Continuing to meet good governance requirements with Board and Sub Committee meetings being held remotely
  • Updating our partners – State, Corporate & Philanthropic Investors and Community on our activity and experience managing our way through this challenging period
  • Planning for post Covid-19. With unemployment set to reach 28% nationally, we’re planning on how we can provide over 100 work experience and training opportunities to people who have lost their jobs. We will offer industry led training and work experience to update their skills, maintain their confidence and self esteem and help them stay connected to the labour market until such time as more jobs are created in the economy.

It goes without saying that this is a difficult time for everyone. We greatly appreciate the hard work of our staff and the input from our customers, suppliers, neighbours, investors and industry partners.

We offer heartfelt thanks to all those people who are working so tirelessly in so many professions to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Stay safe and stay well!

Some of the 10 million face masks waiting to be dispatched from Speedpak.

We have put the following procedures in place:

  • We have published a comprehensive and regularly-updated employee communications policy to ensure reliable, up-to-date information is provided to employees and to clarify procedures and policies around mitigating the risks associated with Covid-19 in accordance with Irish government, HSE and WHO guidelines.
  • We have identified all common touch points and have implemented a set of procedures for thoroughly and regularly sanitising these points.
  • We have posted a set of highly visible, strategically-placed information panels in our warehouses and in bathrooms to inform of good hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.
  • We provide a sufficient supply of hand sanitisers, sanitiser stations, gloves, masks, paper towels and disinfectant materials.

Traineeship 2020 now enrolling – Valuable career opportunity!

Traineeship 2020 now enrolling – Valuable career opportunity!

We are currently seeking applications for our Traineeship in Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Customer Service Logistics which will commence in January 2020.

This 30-week Traineeship – now in its third year – has resulted in excellent progression rates to full-time employment for participants.

The programme is free to attend. However, interest is high and places are limited.

The Traineeship features a valuable 12-week work placement with one of our local industry partners. Current Traineeship partners include Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Bewleys, Butler’s Chocolates, IKEA, Realtime Technologies and Speedpak Contract Services. Many of our past Trainees are now working full-time with these companies.

The Traineeship is run by Coláiste Dhúaligh CFE in association with Speedpak CLG and local industry partners. Training will be delivered primarily in the Speedpak Learning Centre at its premises in Clonshaugh Business & Technology Park. 

Following training you will achieve Qualification/Certification/Licences in Health & Safety at Work, Occupational First Aid, Manual Handling, Forklift Operation, IT Skills, Databases & Stock Control Systems, Warehousing, Lean Manufacturing, Production Processes, Functional Maths and Customer Service Skills.

This is a perfect opportunity to make a good impression with a prestigious company and to fill a work-experience gap in a CV.

Contact us now at 01 867 1707 to arrange for a one-to-one meeting to discuss your particular needs and questions.

Further information is available at:

Updated 1/1/2020