Dundalk as it Happens
Local TDs welcome Almac Group’s jobs boost for Dundalk
Local politicians have welcomed the announcement by the Almac Group that they will create up to 100 new jobs within two years at their new premises in Dundalk.
The Craigavon-based contract pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company announced a multi-million euro investment in a new facility at the IDA Business Park in Dundalk this morning with local Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick expressing his hope that more jobs will be brought to town by companies hoping to remain within the EU post Brexit.
“This announcement is great news for the people of Dundalk,” he said.
“Almac is going to make a multimillion investment in the new facility at IDA Business Park. This expansion has been supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
“This will add to the growing number of multinational companies located in the town. Dundalk has the potential to become a major hub in the post-Brexit era. This is testament to the quality of our workforce and our infrastructure. I hope that this will send out the message to all potential investors – Louth is open for business.
“As the economy recovers it is essential that the benefits of recovery are felt inside every doorstep and in every community. The Fine Gael team are working hard to deliver this.”
Those comments were echoed by Fianna Fáil TD Declan Breathnach who said Dundalk should be looking to bring in more business to the area.
“This is very welcome news for Dundalk. We are very well placed in Dundalk and already have expertise in the Pharma sector. We are a great base for promoting trade with our proximity to both Dublin and the North of Ireland.
“This is one of the positive side effects of Brexit where companies wish to retain their access to the EU and the single market. We must keep promoting the North East region to win more business for the area as we have so much to offer.”
Meanwhile, Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams said Dundalk was an “unrivalled” location for business.
“I am pleased at the news this morning that Almac intends to create 100 jobs in Dundalk over the next two years.
“Dundalk is a fantastic location for a company of this nature, which has its headquarters in the North, and also has operations in Britain, America, Singapore and Japan.
“There is a well educated and talented workforce in the Dundalk area and the infrastructural links are unrivalled.
“I look forward to learning more about Almac and their intentions for the Dundalk premises.”