Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has this afternoon welcomed the announcement by Shire to expand its biotechnology manufacturing capacity to County Meath, creating 400 permanent jobs.
The Ratoath TD said “This really is a great day for Meath. Later this year work will commence on a state of the art biotechnology manufacturing campus on a 120 acre site in Piercetown, Co. Meath, giving way to over 400 permanent jobs.
“This investment by Shire will see Meath as the location to help meet growing demand for rare disease treatments. As with Facebook in Clonee, today’s announcement is a true reflection on the large pool of talent available locally and of course on our excellent connectivity.
“Meath’s local economy and highly skilled construction industry are also set to benefit from Shire’s announcement, on top of the planned 400 permanent jobs. Works in Dunboyne are due to commence later this year and it is expected that Shire will be operational as early as mid-2019.
“It is important to acknowledge that fantastic work taking place behind the scenes by Meath County Council. The arrival of yet another multinational to Meath is testament to MCC's abilities in relationship management and creating an welcoming environment with a view to inviting multinational investment.”
Concluding, Doherty stated “in just a matter of months, Meath will begin to host hundreds of new jobs in the form of highly skilled, full time jobs in the areas of engineering and construction, R&D, operations, and technical staff.
“The message from Meath has been heard - we are open for business.”