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Thursday, 18th January 2018

Almac expansion is great news for Louth - O’Dowd

Business

The Almac premises in Dundalk.

The Almac Group, a global contract pharmaceutical development and manufacturing organisation and today they confirmed the successful completion of Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) inspections of Almac Clinical Services Ireland and Almac Pharma Services Ireland at its European campus in Dundalk, Ireland.

Almac secured the Dundalk premises in January 2017 as part of its ongoing global expansion strategy, to meet client demand and to address any potential challenges that may arise due to Brexit.

Following these successful HPRA inspections, Almac Group look forward to being officially licensed to conduct QP batch certification and release for both clinical trial material and commercial drug product from its European campus in Dundalk.

This thirty million pounds investment complements the existing clinical supply and drug product development operations offered from its Global HQ site in Craigavon, NI - just 40 minutes by road from the new European campus. 

Louth TD, Fergus O’Dowd said he’s delighted with news that the Almac Group will substantially expand its operation in Dundalk.

“I am very encouraged with the news that Almac are expanding their operations” O’Dowd said. “I am delighted that the Almac group recognise the importance of Louth in the post-Brexit space.

“We must be alive to all the possibilities as well as the perils that Brexit will create. The announcement today demonstrates that savvy businesses are looking at Louth as a great place to do their business.

“We must leave no stone unturned when it comes to bringing investment and jobs to the county. We have a well-educated workforce, great transport links and are ideally situated between Belfast and Dublin.

“With Brexit negotiations now well underway Irish business faces a period of significant uncertainty, further complicated by changes in the international policy environment.

“Fine Gael in Government continues to prioritise job creation and investment because we believe that only a strong economy, supporting people at work, can pay for the services needed to improve people’s lives here in Louth and around the country.

“Helping people back into work will lead to greater equality of opportunity, where people in Louth can plan confidently for the future,” the Fine Gael TD said.

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