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Insights: Operating throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic

Author: Evan O'Quigley  /  30th Jun, 2020  /  Insights

Even though the world went into lockdown, Irish firm Mercury Engineering adapted but never stopped, driving projects from data centres to medical facilities across Europe. Mercury finance director Ronan Lynch talks to John Kennedy, editor of

At any one time up to 4,500 people from staff and management to sub-contractors are involved in a range of Mercury Engineering projects from building electronics manufacturing facilities and data centres to much-needed medical and pharmaceutical facilities and more.

But then Covid-19 hit the world. For Mercury’s Finance Director Ronan Lynch, even though Covid-19 sent much of the world into lockdown, “a heroic effort by our Irish and regional teams” went into managing the sudden shift to remote working, supporting colleagues overseas and interpreting different guidelines and restrictions as they evolved in various jurisdictions both in Ireland and across Europe.

“Our main success has been without a doubt down to the heroic efforts of our teams, both out on sites and working on kitchen tables”.

Mercury Engineering is a 48-year-old business that was founded in 1972 by Frank O’Kane and Joe Morgan to deliver mechanical and electrical engineering services. Expansion and multi-million-pound contracts followed. Mercury forged a relationship early on with several large overseas multinationals, which helped to position it as a leader in delivering complex engineering projects in its key sectors. Mercury still delivers works for these same clients today, both in Ireland and across Europe.

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