Thursday 18 January 2018

Allergan marks 40th with €42m investment

Pictured is An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with Mr. Brent Saunders Allergan’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive.
Pictured is An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with Mr. Brent Saunders Allergan’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive.

Sean Duffy and Louise Kelly

Global pharmaceutical giant Allergan is to invest €42m in its Irish operations as the company marks 40 years of business in Ireland.

Allergan employs around 1,700 people at its plants in Dublin and Mayo.

The new investment will support increased manufacturing capabilities for some of Allergan's key products.

"Allergan were amongst the early arrivals to Ireland and helped to sow the seeds of what was then our emerging pharmaceutical sector, which thankfully took root with much vigour over the intervening years," said Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Allergan also announced it will become the official sponsor of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

A new €50,000 innovation award will also be run in conjunction with a number of colleges across the country.

Meanwhile, Drogheda is to be the home of US firm Mobile Technologies Inc's (MTI) new European contact centre headquarters with the firm set to add 150 jobs over the next three years.

The company specialises in mobile display technologies and recruitment for a number of roles at MTI is already under way.

MTI's ceo Chris Remy said that the reputation of the Irish workforce was a key factor in the company's decision to set up here.

"We chose Ireland due to its talented, technology-savvy workforce, attractive business environment, and its membership in the European Union," Mr Remy said.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor said the announcement showcased the Government's commitment to attracting foreign direct investment to regional areas.

Elsewhere, Deadline Couriers has announced the expansion of its business in Dublin, creating 80 new jobs over the new two years

The Irish transport and delivery company in Dublin, plans to expand its workforce here from 35 to over 120 by 2019.

The company is already accepting applications for some roles.

It is expected that all 80 positions will be filled by the summer of 2018.

Since its establishment in 2010, Deadline has grown to provide support services in Ireland and abroad, providing specialist deliveries for the legal, medical, construction and engineering sectors.

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