800 new jobs as US pharma giant invests €400 million in Irish plant 3 months ago

800 new jobs as US pharma giant invests €400 million in Irish plant

A mixture of permanent and temporary jobs will be created.

US pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly will create a total of 800 new jobs in Ireland following the proposal of a €400 million investment.

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Subject to planning permission, the company is set to construct a new manufacturing plant in Limerick, with 300 permanent staff expected to be employed.

Engineers, scientists and operations personnel will be among the permanent roles on offer.

A further 500 temporary jobs will be created in order to build the facility.

The pharma giant has been operating in Ireland since 1978 and currently employs over 2,500 staff across the country.

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Should planning permission for the Limerick facility be approved, it will be located at Raheen Business and Technology Park near Shannon Airport.

Fresh from hailing Lidl Ireland's intention to create 750 new jobs, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has welcomed the Eil Lilly news.

"Really positive announcement, a really big investment in Limerick and the midwest, and further evidence that we're able to win investment in Ireland and create jobs in all parts of the country," said Varadkar.

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"This new Lilly campus in Limerick will allow us to expand our capacity to make innovative new medicines that can help treat some of the world's most serious illnesses," said senior vice president and president of Eli Lilly Manufacturing Operations Edgardo Hernandez.

"This facility will use the latest technology to support advancements in science, productivity and sustainability, further establishing Lilly as a global manufacturing leader."