ALL SMILES Pictured in Allergan yesterday with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny were Mr Peter Hynes, Mayo County Manager; Mr Dermot Clohessy, Executive Director, IDA; Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and Mr. Pat O’Donnell, Managing Director, Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland.?Pic: Keith Heneghan / Phocus
‘Momentous’ news welcomed by all sides
LOCAL TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, has described the 200 jobs confirmed at Allergan as a ‘fantastic boost for Westport and Mayo’.
“This is great news for the town and for the whole county, and a vote of confidence in the workforce at Allergan. These 200 high-end jobs will be created over the next four years, and there will be another 250 or so indirect jobs during the construction period. This is fantastic news for job-creation in the area.
“Allergan is an excellent employer in Westport, with a loyal and experienced workforce. “These pharmaceutical jobs are just the sort of positions we need to be creating in Westport. There is also enough space on the site to allow the facility to expand further in the future.
“This Government is determined to create jobs, and we will continue to work with companies like Allergan to ensure that we can all get Ireland working again.”
Deputy Dara Calleary, said the announcement boosts Ireland’s reputation as a global hub for pharmaceutical manufacturing and research.
“Allergan’s vote of confidence in Mayo and in its Irish base will help attract further investment from similar multinational firms into the future. Great credit is due to the management and staff at the Westport plant for their success to date, and to the state agencies involved in securing this investment,” he added.
Mayo County Manager, Mr Peter Hynes, was delighted by the announcement, and said that not only is it good news for Westport and Mayo, but for ‘Ireland Inc’. He pledged his support to the company, saying that Mayo County Council would do whatever was required of them to ensure Allergan can continue to reach new heights. He also acknowledged the contribution of many people over 35 years, who are no longer working with Allergan, but have played a vital role in the company’s success in Westport.
Mayo County Councillor, Peter Flynn - who is also a member of Allergan’s management team in Westport - called it a great day for Allergan, for Westport and an endorsement of Ireland Inc.
“Every person both past and present who have worked in Allergan have played their part in ensuring that Westport was the location of choice versus very strong international competition,” he said. “It is fantastic news but the real challenge now is to ensure that the team in Westport deliver on expectations and that we maintain the same standards of excellence which have been achieved over the last 35 years.”
Westport Town Councillor Myles Staunton, a member of the Westport Multi Agency Enterprise Group - whose late father Myles was instrumental in bringing Allergan to Westport in the mid seventies - said the move represents a massive show of confidence in not only the Allergan team in Westport, both past and present, but it is also an endorsement of Westport as a location which is suitable for significant industry and enterprise, and which produces the highest standards.
“The long term spin off effects for the Westport community and Westport businesses can not be overestimated. I have always said that there is no reason why Westport should not be in a position to compete with other areas of the country and it is excellent that Allergan see Westport as a core strategic location. We have worked hard over a number of years to portray Westport as a location which is open for business. This vindicates fully the decision to go ahead with the Enterprise Centre which will be an important part in Allergan’s expansion.”
Cathaoirleach of Westport Town Council, Christy Hyland, called it a momentous day, and said that it was among the most significant developments in Westport since the company first moved to the town. “This is a good day for the community and we cannot overestimate the importance of Allergan to Westport,” he said. “Hopefully Allergan will continue to grow and prosper, and with them the town of Westport will thrive too.”
His party colleague and Allergan employee, Cllr Ollie Gannon, said that an entire generation had grown up in Westport because Allergan had provided employment to members of their families. “With this commitment another generation will now do the same, and the town of Westport is a much better place for that.”
Welcoming the investment, IDA Ireland CEO, Barry O’Leary, described Allergan’s decision to locate this strategic investment in Westport as excellent news.
“The company has a long history with Ireland and the IDA, and the announcement of 200 new jobs along with a $350 million investment further embeds Allergan’s presence here. Allergan already contributes significantly to our local and national economies, investing an average of $25 million capital expenditure per annum, in recent years.”
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