Minister confirms a new company has bought the old MSD plant in Wicklow

There is good news on the job front for County Wicklow today.

It has been confirmed the former Sheering Plough/Merck Sharp & Dohme plant in Rathdrum has been sold.

MSD announced the closure of the plant in 2013, with the loss of 280 jobs.

However, a major veterinary products company finalised a deal to buy the plant yesterday, and it is believed the new owners will require a similar size workforce to the numbers employed by MSD.

Minister Simon Harris said it will bring a welcomed boost to employment.

He said: "MSD and the IDA have worked very hard to try and find new owners for the plant and we can now confirm today that a new owner has purchased the plant.

"That owner is in the business of animal health supplies and this will lead to more jobs and more investment in County Wicklow.

"So, I look forward to the details of that investment becoming clearer in the weeks and months ahead, but ultimately this is a vote of confidence in Wicklow."

More in this Section

US economy ready to rock after tax cut bill, says Donald Trump

Ireland gets credit rating boost from ratings agency Fitch

Latest: Ryanair brand Which? customer satisfaction survey 'worthless'

GDP surge will extend next year, say analysts

Today's Stories

Irish customers miss out on Sky-BT channel share deal

GDP surge will extend next year, say analysts

Minister confirms 125 vacancies at Central Bank

Buy 10-year mortgages to beat ECB, says expert


Review: N.E.R.D - No One Ever Really Dies: Their finest album to date

Everyone's mad at Google - Sundar Pichai has to fix it

Scenes from the analogue city - Memories of Limerick from the late 80s and early 90s

Ask Audrey: 'I heard that Viagra fumes from Pfizer’s were causing stiffys below in Ringaskiddy'

More From The Irish Examiner