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Drugs firm creates 100 new jobs

Pharmaceutical firm Amgen is to create 100 jobs at its plant in Dun Laoghaire.

The US company announced a 151 euro investment at the facility, supported by the Government through IDA Ireland.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the expansion, which will include a 11,700 square-metre building extension and major refurbishment, could create an additional 350 jobs in construction.

"This is a really positive development for Ireland and for Dun Laoghaire with the creation of 350 construction jobs and a 100 new high-end jobs at their facility," said Mr Kenny.

"It is a great example of industry working with the local community and it sends a signal of confidence in Dublin and Ireland as the location of choice for biotechnology and pharmaceutical investment outside the US."

The pharmaceutical company, which bought out the former Pfizer plant last year, already employs 280 workers. Recruitment for the 100 jobs has already begun. The firm will also employ some workers in a contract capacity. Among the new jobs will be roles within research and development.

Mr Kenny said the jobs announcements comes as part of the Government's Action Plan for Jobs, which aims to get 100,000 people back to work by 2016.

The construction work is expected to last 19 months and once completed, Amgen said it will be considered one of the world's leading biotechnology manufacturing sites.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said the jobs boost was more good news for the local economy. "Amgen's significant investment is a clear endorsement of Ireland as a location of choice for leading global corporations," Mr Gilmore added.

"The investment is a welcome boost for the local economy and I would like to offer Amgen my continued support into the future."

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