Sunday 24 July 2016

200 new jobs created in Tipperary and Dublin

Published 16/02/2016 | 11:38

Leo Varadkar. Photo: James Connolly
Leo Varadkar. Photo: James Connolly

Technopath Clinical Diagnostics, the laboratory quality controls firm, has announced the creation of 60 new jobs over the next two years in Ballina, County Tipperary, while a new nursing home was opened on the Finglas Road, creating 140 jobs.

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The jobs comes as part of a €5m investment in the firm that will see it treble its manufacturing capacity at its plant in Ballina.

The investment comes as the firm looks to meet international demand for its products, which are used in over 5,000 labs and 110 countries globally.

Chief executive at Technopath, Malcolm Bell, said he was proud of the firm's continued expansion.

“I am very proud to say that this significant expansion is the result of a combined effort by our team over the last 10 years to create a world-class range of third-party quality control products for the global healthcare market. 

"Our range is best-in-class on a global scale and, having already experienced rapid growth over the past 18 months, we are now very confident about the future for our business," Mr Bell said.

The expanded facility was officially opened today by locally based Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly and will result in the creation of 60 new jobs over the next 2 years, with hiring already underway.  It will bring total employment numbers on site to 180.

Minister for the environment, Alan Kelly, said that the investment solidifies Technopath's place as a significant employer in Tipperary.

“This further investment will solidify the company’s position as a significant employer in Tipperary, strongly supporting the local economy.  It demonstrates that, thanks to the business-friendly environment created by Government, world-class companies can emerge from relatively small towns like Ballina and create large scale high-value employment in manufacturing and R&D.”

Meanwhile, minister for health, Leo Varadkar, opened a new nursing home on the Finglas Road in Dublin today, creating 140 new jobs.

The new home, called Ardmore Lodge, will initially cater for 89 residents and will then begin to care for 40 more in the future.

Speaking at the opening of the new home Mr Varadkar said: "This new nursing home will help support the care needs of the local population in North-West Dublin and is a notable economic boost to the surrounding community.  I offer congratulations to Sean McNally, John Martin, and their team for this extremely positive development and wish them well in their future endeavours."

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