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US giant to recruit 100 new staff

Up to 100 jobs are being created with the expansion of a US pharmaceutical giant.

Johnson & Johnson said it will open an information technology centre under one of its divisions at the National Technology Park in Plassey, Limerick.

Recruitment will start straight away, with the IT positions to be filled over the coming two years. The multinational already employs more than 2,000 people in Ireland.

The investment is being backed by the taxpayer through IDA Ireland.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said the expansion was a boost for Limerick.

"The company is to be congratulated both for its impressive business growth and its proven capacity to create employment," he added.

Johnson & Johnson has had operations in Ireland since 1935 and has plants in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

The new development centre will be sited within the technology park as part of the University of Limerick's (UL) enterprise corridor.

Dr Mary Shire, vice president of research at UL, said: "We pride ourselves on a reputation for delivering research which makes an impact for industry, society and the wider community."

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