Abbott to create 1,000 jobs in Kilkenny and Donegal

US healthcare company Abbott Laboratories has announced plans to create 1,000 jobs as part of a €440 million investment here.

The company intends to invest the money in a new greenfield manufacturing plant in Kilkenny and to create more employment in Donegal by expanding its facilities there.

Abbott already employs 5,000 people in Ireland and has had operations here for more than 75 years.

As well as Donegal and the new plant planned for Kilkenny, it also has operations in Clonmel, Cootehill, Dublin, Longford, Sligo and Galway.

The new 250,000 square foot manufacturing facility, to be located in the IDA Business and Technology Park in Loughboy, Kilkenny, is subject to planning permission.

The company said it will give it the ability to substantially increase production of its FreeStyle Libre technology for people with diabetes.

Abbott’s investment is supported by IDA Ireland.

“Abbott has had a presence in Ireland for over 75 years and we are proud to bring even more highly skilled jobs to local communities,” the company said today.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Abbott has a long and successful history, first establishing operations in Ireland in 1946, and this new investment is a huge vote of confidence in the workforce here and in this country as a place to invest.

Tánaiste and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said the news of the investment is a real vote of confidence in Kilkenny and Donegal and what those counties have to offer.

“These 1,000 new jobs are a huge boost and really speak to the strength of Abbott’s existing 5,000 employees here. We never take this investment for granted,” he added.

IDA Ireland Chief Executive Mary Buckley said Abbott has had a long-standing presence in Ireland spanning more than 75 years during which the company has made a substantial and valuable contribution to regional economies.

“This significant and transformational investment in a new greenfield manufacturing facility in Kilkenny is fantastic news for the South East Region and for Ireland. It is also very welcome and demonstrates the continued commitment to their Donegal site which will benefit from further investment and new jobs as part of this investment and jobs announcement,” he said.

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