Minister for Health and Dublin West TD Leo Varadkar has welcomed the announcement of 350-400 new jobs in a €900 million investment by Bristol Myers Squibb at Blanchardstown in Dublin West.
“This is fantastic news for Dublin West and for Ireland and is a real vote of confidence in the capital city and our national economy,” Minister Varadkar said.
“As Health Minister, I’m delighted to see the single largest investment by a pharmaceutical company in Ireland in many years. Ireland remains a hugely attractive place for investment by healthcare-related companies.
“The company’s decision to choose Dublin shows that Ireland can still punch above its weight and attract top-class foreign direct investment. There will be hundreds of jobs during the construction phase and between 350 and 400 when the plant is fully operational.
“This investment proves again that the health sector makes an enormous contribution to the Irish economy and society. The core role of the sector is obviously to safeguard health and wellbeing, but it’s also a major employer straddling pharmaceutical companies, medical devices, and medical research. Around 120 pharmaceutical companies have operations in Ireland employing more than 24,000 people, with a further 160 medical devices companies employing 25,000 people, not to mention the 100,000 people employed in the public health service.”