Friday 18 October 2019

Lab firm and nursing home to create 200 jobs

Nursing home Ashmore Lodge, which opened in Dublin yesterday
Nursing home Ashmore Lodge, which opened in Dublin yesterday

Michael Cogley

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

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

The firm is looking to meet international demand for its products, which are used in over 5,000 labs and 110 countries globally.

"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," said chief executive Malcolm Bell.

The expanded facility was officially opened yesterday by locally-based Environment Minister. Hiring for the jobs is under way and will bring total employment numbers on site to 180.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Leo Varadkar opened a new nursing home on the Finglas Road in Dublin yesterday, creating 140 jobs. The new home, Ardmore Lodge, will initially cater for 89 residents and will later care for 40 more.

"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," Minister Varadkar said.

Ardmore Lodge is being opened by nursing home group, Ardmore Care, which is headed by executive chairman Sean McNally and managing director John Martin. The group plans to deliver 500 beds nationwide.

Irish Independent

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