Waterford-based Akusus Group to add 350 jobs as it plans Ireland, US growth

Company is adding new hubs in the US and Ireland to support growth in 2022

Liz Shanahan, chairperson of RelateCare and Rigneydolphin.

Waterford-based Akusus Group is planning to add 350 jobs in Ireland and the US in 2022, as the group plans to open new hubs in the coming year.

The new growth will bring total numbers employes by the group to more than 1,600.

The Aksus Group, which includes Rigneydolphin and RelateCare, provides consulting and outsourcing services. RelateCare, which began as a joint venture between Rigneydolphin and US healthcare institution Cleveland Clinic in 2014, specialises in the healthcare sector.

The company is headquartered in Waterford City, with hubs in Cleveland, Ohio and Little Rock, Arkansas. Akusus currently employs more than 1,300 people, with 950 employees in Ireland. The remainder are located across the United States.


The growth comes after rapid growth in the past 18 months, with significant revenue growth and more than 500 employees added over 2021.

Akusus said on Sunday it had appointed Liz Shanahan as chairperson. Originally from Kerry, Ms Shanahan has more than 25 years' experience working with the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare providers. She was on the board of UDG until its recent acquisition.

“We’re delighted to have Liz as Chairperson. Her wealth of experience adds real value and guidance to the board during a very exciting time of growth and customer expansion,” saidRelateCare group chief executive Conor O’Byrne. “The global pandemic has changed the way that organisations communicate with patients and increased the need for virtual engagement. In a time of unprecedented demand for healthcare services we are incredibly proud to play such a pivotal role in supporting so many healthcare organisations, at home in Ireland and abroad.”

Ms Shanahan said the group was a real global leader in its sector, and had achoved that with little fanfare or recognition locally. “I am so pleased to be a part of a business that has succeeded in balancing its strong roots and commitment to Ireland, whilst blazing a trail across the US,” she said.

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist