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400 new jobs are on the way for Co Meath

Shire is to open a new biotech plant in the county.

The area near Piercetown in Co Meath.
The area near Piercetown in Co Meath.
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400 JOBS HAVE been announced for Co Meath today.

Shire is to open a new biotech plant in the county at Piercetown, near Dunboyne, the IDA confirmed this afternoon.

Construction of the new site will begin this year and it’s expected to be operational by mid-2019.

The roles at the biopharmaceutical company’s new campus, according to a press statement “will consist of highly skilled, full time jobs in the areas of research and development, operations, technical staff, engineering and construction“.

Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said there would also be 700 additional jobs during the construction phase.

The firm had started in Ireland with 100 people and their new investment showed a “confidence in Ireland and underlines that it’s really important that we sustain the progress on jobs,” Bruton added.

Shire’s Senior Vice President of Technical Operations, Tim Kelly said the expansion “supports our manufacturing strategy to develop and provide innovative specialty medicines for patients”.

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“Ireland is a strategically important location for Shire, providing both excellence in life science R&D and manufacturing.

We already have a strong team on the ground in Ireland and believe that it is the right location for us to build a new state of the art facility which will complement our existing manufacturing operations in the US.

IDA boss Martin Shanahan noted it was the second significant investment for Meath in the past six months and said the investment would have a “substantial economic impact on Co Meath and the wider Mid-East Region.”

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