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Capital to get 200 jobs

INTERNATIONAL medical supplies group Covidien is bringing its customer services headquarters to Dublin, and will ultimately employ 200 people there.

The company revealed plans to invest €1.8m in medical technology research, and into a development project with three Irish academic institutions.

And an €11m centre in Cherrywood will replace the 17 separate operations it has throughout Europe.

The group, formerly Tyco Healthcare, employs nearly 2,000 people in Ireland, making this the company's third-largest location worldwide and the biggest in Europe.

In May, Covidien announced it was seeking 199 redundancies at its plant in Tullamore, Co Offaly, reducing the number of staff to 450.

Chief executive Rich Meelia also announced plans for a €1.8m investment in medical technologies research involving UCD, Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway but the firm said that it would announce further details of this in September.

The Cherrywood site will also be the centre for the company's European credit control function as well as import and export, contracts and pricing functions while the Irish sales and marketing team is also based there.

The company had recruited 145 staff across 21 different nationalities for the plant and was actively recruiting.