Amgen a step closer to creating 1,100 jobs

THE largest company to locate in Cork in modern times has cleared its first planning hurdle on the way to constructing a massive biotechnology plant.

Amgen, which is the world’s largest biotechnology company is proposing to invest in a €800 million plant at Ballyadam, Carrigtwohill, and employ upwards of 1,100 people.

The American company was granted permission by Cork County Council yesterday to carry out site works and construct a signalised intersection on the main Cork-Midleton road to facilitate construction traffic. It is also in talks with Iarnrod Éireann to provide a rail link to the 133-acre site.

Around 750 of the workforce will be given to third-level science graduates. Recruitment is expected to get underway towards the end of next year with production set for 2009.

Approximately 1,000 jobs will be created during the plant’s construction.

Meanwhile, council planners also gave the green light to a number of housing projects.

The village of Innishannon is to get an extra 91 homes. The project will include a mix of detached and semi-detached houses as well as terraced homes and they will be constructed in the townland of Laherfineen, by local developer Bernie O’Mahony.

Chieftan Construction Ltd, a Limerick company, has got the go-ahead for 59 four-bedroomed detached houses at the Castle Cross Roads in Conna.

Finbarr Gleeson, an Ovens-based developer, is set to construct another sizeable project in a village, this time in Glanworth. He’s got the go-ahead to build a mixed development of 58 homes in the town.

Large applications continue to pour into the council’s planning department, showing absolutely no let up in the economic boom.

Council officials predict that at the current rate they will brake last year’s record of 10,000 applications.

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