Tentative Reception As Abiomed Brings 250 Jobs To Athlone

The Tánaiste has announced US medical devices firm Abiomed is to bring up to 250 jobs to Athlone in Co Westmeath.

The medical technologies specialist is up-scaling its existent site in Athlone as it diverts the global manufacture of a particular range of products.

The Tánaitste Mary Coughlan said: "This is excellent news today for Athlone and for Ireland. It is companies of this highly sophisticated nature that we are striving to win. We faced strong global competition for the investment and it is a fantastic result for Ireland."

Local TD Denis Naughten joined in welcoming the announcement. He said: "This is a welcome and very timely boost to the local economy and sends out a strong message that the midlands is open for business with foreign direct investment."

However, the Fine Gael TD pointed out the opportunity arose due to the closure over 12 months ago of Conor Medsystems with the loss of 165 jobs at the time.

"I want to warmly welcome Abiomed to Athlone, a move which was facilitated by the highly skilled workforce available locally in the medical devices area. But we cannot ignore the cloud currently hanging over Athlone, with consideration being given by Élan Corporation to relocate 500 jobs which were announced for the town to a Dublin location," he said.


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