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March 2024 Employment Roundup: Jobs created with new pharma facility in Co Kerry | Inside Ireland March 2024 Employment Roundup

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Our roundup of some employment news across the island of Ireland in March 2024 continues with news that Astellas Ireland Co Ltd said a new facility at Kerry Technology Park is ‘set to create’ 600 construction jobs and 100 highly specialised roles in engineering, science, and technology.

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Jobs created with new pharma facility in Co Kerry

An Irish subsidy of a wholly owned subsidiary of Astellas Pharma Inc has held a ceremony to mark the breaking of the ground and start of construction for its new €330 million facility in Tralee, Co Kerry.

Astellas Ireland Co Ltd said the new facility at Kerry Technology Park is ‘set to create significant employment opportunities in the area’, including 600 construction jobs and 100 highly specialised roles in engineering, science, and technology.

The facility is planned to be operational by 2028.


CEO of the IDA, Michael Lohan, said:

“Astellas’ decision last year to expand its operations in Ireland was warmly welcomed, especially here in Kerry where the company has had an operation since 1990. Today’s sod-turning is symbolic as it heralds a new chapter for this global pharmaceutical leader in Ireland and is testament to the company’s leadership and commitment to innovation, sustainability and to the Southwest Region. I wish to congratulate Astellas on today’s ground-breaking and assure the team of IDA Ireland’s continued partnership and support.”

Astellas said it also recently announced further investment in Kerry, taking over the lease of the Advanced Technology Building, also at Kerry Technology Park.

Energy company to create 50 jobs in Ireland

An Irish-headquartered energy company has announced it is to create 50 jobs in Ireland in 2024.

Hanley Energy also have divisional offices in the United States, Australia, Germany, South Africa and the Nordics.

The Enterprise Ireland client company also announced it will create 100 jobs in the USA this year.


The company currently employs 800 people across six countries and exports to 32 global markets.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, said:

“This is a significant announcement by Hanley Energy of another 50 jobs in Ireland and 100 in the USA. The company’s work helping large industries to reduce emissions has never been more timely. It builds on the team’s previous announcement of 225 new jobs in Monaghan and Dundalk.”

Clive Gilmore, CEO of Hanley Energy and leading Hanley Energy’s operations in the US said opening its North American headquarters and expanding its global workforce ‘is a pivotal milestone’ in Hanley Energy’s global operations as it grows its global workforce to over 950 employees.

Neil Morris, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Country Lead, Ireland said Hanley Energy is a ‘prime example of an Irish company that is continually innovating for its customers’.

Healthcare services provider to create 20 jobs in Dublin

A specialist healthcare services provider has announced the creation of 20 jobs in North Dublin.

The news comes as Affidea officially opened a new diagnostics clinic in Charlestown.

(File Pic: Affidea via X)

Affidea employs over 400 people across the island of Ireland.

Food manufacturer to create over 30 jobs in Co Armagh

A Co Armagh food manufacturer has announced it will create 31 jobs in the next three years, and expects to see its turnover double by 2027.

Davison Canners said the jobs are part of a £6 million investment in a new manufacturing facility outside Portadown.


Kieran Donoghue, CEO of Invest Northern Ireland, said:

“This state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will drive up productivity by improving efficiencies, reducing the company’s carbon footprint and ultimately supporting Davison Canners in its ambition to be more competitive and well-placed to secure new deals with multiple retailers. The 31 new jobs that will be created in Armagh will deliver additional benefits for our economy, with almost £900,000 in salaries annually.”

In recognition of Davison Canners’ commitment to innovation, Innovate NI said it has awarded the company a Silver Level Innovator Certificate.

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