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Friday 19 September 2014

Jobs boost as three firms create 156 more jobs

Kathryn Hayes and Ralph Riegel

Published 14/01/2013 | 05:00

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ONE of Limerick's largest employers is set to provide another jobs boost for the region with an expected announcement of 100 jobs today.

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A subsidiary of medical firm Johnson and Johnson, Vistakon Ireland, employs around 650 people at its plant in the National Technological Park in Plassey.

The company produces the Acuvue range of contact lenses, one of the leading contact lens products in the world.

Further jobs were expected at the Limerick plant after Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland) applied to Limerick County Council for permission for a 5,171-square-metre extension.

Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Minister Richard Bruton will confirm the 100 IDA-backed jobs when he visits the facility today.

Elsewhere, law firm William Fry has announced 21 appointments across a number of key areas for the firm, including corporate, litigation, financial services and competition.

The appointments range from partner through to newly qualified solicitors. In addition, it has recruited 25 graduates to join its 2013 Trainee Programme.

And a Gaeltacht IT firm, Bard na Gleann, is to create 35 new jobs at its Ballingeary base in west Cork. The firm sanctioned the expansion after winning two major new contracts from SAP and Cisco. It will now see its workforce increase to 85.

Bard na Gleann specialises in information management and works with client companies on information systems and project management.

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