280 jobs to be created in Cashel

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Confirmation that 280 jobs are to be created in Cashel has been widely welcomed today.

This morning, the future of the former Johnson and Johnson factory was finally revealed when it was announced that US pharmaceutical company Amneal is basing its first European operations at the Cashel premises.

The company will be taking on 280 people over the next two years, who will be involved in research and development or separately, the production of inhalers and high-end generic drugs. The company is the 7th largest US generics supplier by volume.

Speaking this morning, Minister of State Tom Hayes said that unlike what happened with Johnson and Johnson previously, he believes there is a long future for Amneal in Cashel as it incorporates two levels of production and a separate research and development arm.

Welcoming the announcement, local TD Seamus Healy said that the pharmaceutical nature of the operation will further reinforce Tipperary’s standing nationally as a hub for this type of industry. Local Fianna Fail councilor Roger Kennedy said that he hopes today’s announcement is the first step in helping Cashel emerge from a recent cycle of business closures