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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Firm that laid off staff to create 200 new positions

Ailish O'Hora and Barry Duggan

A HEALTHCARE firm which earlier this year laid off 199 people at a midlands plant will today announce 200 jobs at a new facility in Dublin.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen will open Covidien's new HQ to provide support services for customers around Europe.

Covidien, which has plants in Athlone and Galway, laid off 199 people at a manufacturing facility in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

The redundancies were made up of 160 permanent full-time staff and 39 temporary workers.

At the time, the firm, formerly Tyco, said a staff reduction was necessary to ensure the long-term viability of the operation.

A further 20 new jobs are also being created by a global software security firm in Galway.

Lumension, which develops software to help firms protect their computer data, established a global research and development centre in Galway last October with the intention of creating 30 jobs.

However, the firm has now met that target and expects to employ 20 more workers by the end of the year, bringing the total workforce to 50.

"The Galway operation is a key component of Lumension's global activities and the software engineers should be very proud of their role in helping the firm to exceed its growth targets," said Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe, announcing the jobs.

But there was bad news on the jobs front from Limerick.

More than 30 full and part-time workers have been made redundant following the closure of the three-star Rathkeale House Hotel in west Limerick.

Irish Independent

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