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Investments provide jobs boost

Published 29/06/2015

Richard Bruton welcomed the news
Richard Bruton welcomed the news

One hundred jobs are being created in two major investments.

Global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie is to add 50 new jobs to its 500 strong workforce while US software development firm Wrike is to set up a base in Ireland.

AbbVie announced further expansion of its medical device manufacturing centre of excellence in Ballytivnan, Sligo over the next four years.

The facility produces drug delivery devices, including a pen-style injector that is used by patients around the world suffering auto-immune conditions.

Joe Kumor, site director at Ballytivnan, said: "For more than 40 years, our expert team in Ireland has been committed to serving patients around the world.

"The IDA's support allows us to build our capabilities and help ensure that patients of AbbVie medicines continue to have access to best-in-class medical devices for their treatment."

In the second investment, Wrike, the work management platform, is establishing its European headquarters in Dublin creating 50 jobs over the next two years.

The California-based company provides a new class of software for businesses which deal with more and more data.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton attended the announcement and said: "Wrike is a hugely exciting software company, growing rapidly and selling cutting edge products and services around the world."

In a series of other separate investments, 65 jobs were being created in food business start-ups in Cork and Kerry.

The boost was announced by Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Simon Coveney and it comes on the back of the Food Academy - a collaboration between Bord Bia, SuperValu, Cork and Kerry councils and local enterprise offices.

The scheme is expected to generate sales worth 1.2 million euro this year.

"Confidence and self-belief as innovators in the food and drinks sector are critical success factors for start-up enterprises. Food Academy - a unique collaboration between Bord Bia, SuperValu and the Local Enterprise Offices - is helping start-ups to bring their innovative ideas to market stage," Mr Coveney said.

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