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Allergan to invest € 65m in Irish operations

Botox maker Allergan has announced it will invest € 65 million in its Irish operations and add 63 jobs to its Westport, Co Mayo plant.

The global life sciences company has four factories in Ireland – two in Dublin, one in Mayo and one in Galway.

Today's job posting will bring its employee numbers up to 2,000.

Allergan's Westport campus is the largest and most complex campus in the company's global network.

It includes a pharmaceutical facility, two biological plants and an ocular implant facility and is also responsible for the global supply of Botox.

The € 65 million financing will also see the company invest in its Dublin facility in Clonshaugh which includes two factories and the company headquarters.

Paul Coffey, vice president and general manager of Allergan Westport, said the € 65 million investment further strengthens Ireland's strategic role in Allergan's global network.

"The continued investment in this scale is based on the investment program of € 50 million in 2018 and € 42 million in 2017, which allows us to apply world-class technology to Allergan's main product development and innovation strategy," said Coffey .

He said the company is expanding capacity to meet global demand and is advancing in its R & D capabilities to meet the needs of the future of the business.

B2 Allergan Biological Plant in Westport, Co Mayo

"We are proud that, in 40 years, we are still growing and offering valuable employment opportunities in key regions of Ireland," he added.

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, said Allergan's commitment to Ireland has been "exemplary."

"This latest investment of € 65m brings Allergan's total investment in Ireland to more than € 670m, which is a considerable vote of confidence in Ireland as a place to do business and in AID's regional development strategy," Shanahan noted.

Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, says Allergan's latest investment reaffirms the company's commitment to Westport and enhances Ireland's reputation at the forefront of the Lifesciences industry.

"Allergan's decision to increase its operations in the west of Ireland shows that we are able to attract high-caliber companies and highly qualified jobs to our regions," he added.

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