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320 workers set to lose jobs at pharmaceutical plant in Co Cork

Novartis management announced the decision in a staff meeting at the Ringaskiddy site.

Micheal Martin (Brian Lawless/PA)
Micheal Martin (Brian Lawless/PA)

By Aine McMahon PA

Up to 320 people are set to lose their jobs at the Novartis pharmaceutical plant in Co Cork.

Management at the company announced the decision in a staff meeting at the Ringaskiddy plant on Wednesday morning.

In a statement, it said it was closing one of its production buildings at the site and would be moving a number of global services roles from Cork to centralised operations centres in Europe and Asia.

More than 500 people are employed at the company’s Cork site with around 700 more in Dublin.

Novartis said the decision was strategic and was part of a wider evaluation of the manufacturing network around the world.

In a statement, Fianna Fail leader and Cork South Central TD Micheal Martin said the job losses are “devastating” for the local community.

“This is a very worrying time for the families and their loved ones. The job losses are particularly disappointing as Novartis in Cork was high-end manufacturing,” he said.

“I hope all efforts are made by government and the IDA to prevent as many job losses as possible, to relocate those that lose jobs and to seek an alternative company to invest.

“Extra efforts have to be made in the far more competitive environment globally.”

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