International drug company to create 90 jobs with €25m Midlands project

Ninety jobs are expected to be created by an international drug company at a green field site in the Midlands.

Roscommon County Council has cleared the way for the jobs after approving plans to sell seven hectares of its landbank at Monksland on the western outskirts of Athlone.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals is planning a manufacturing facility at the Monksland site which will initially create up to 40 jobs in the construction phase and a further fifty positions, once the facility is up and running.

The company, which has its corporate headquarters in Dublin as well as facilities in California, Philadelphia, and Oxford in England, specialises in the development of drug therapies for pain, oncology, narcolepsy, and a number of psychiatry treatments.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals employs a staff of 50 at its Dublin headquarters on the Burlington Rd.

Last week company officials met IDA officials and representatives of Roscommon County Council to outline its plans for a €25m investment.

Now the council has backed the plan by rubber-stamping the sale of its land at Monksland.

A number of pharmaceutical companies are already operating from Monksland.

Independent Councillor Tony Ward brought the motion to the council and it received unanimous support. He said that the development would bring a big jobs boost to the area.

“They outlined their proposals at that meeting last week in relation to the amount of their investment.

“The amount of investment is €25m which is good news for south Roscommon,” he said.

“The €25m investment will consist of 50 full-time jobs there and 40 jobs in the construction of the building at Monksland,” Mr Ward added.

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