Great News As 100 Jobs Announced For Tralee

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Minister Brendan Griffin with CEO of Central Pharma Alwyn Smit and Martin Shanahan, CEO of the IDA, at the plant in Dromtacker on Monday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

TRALEE received some good news this morning as 100 jobs have been announced for the IDA advanced manufacturing facility in Dromtacker.

Pharmaceutical company, Central Pharma, are to move into the facility and will create the jobs over a five year period.

Central Pharma is based in the UK and CEO Alwyn Smit said he was very impressed when he visited the location in Tralee with the IDA. The fact that the IT Tralee is located nearby was also a huge plus.

Minister of State Brendan Griffin TD welcomed the announcement saying it would be a huge boost to the economy of the county.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley, has warmly welcomed the announcement.  Cllr Foley said this was wonderful news for the town and for Kerry and represents a significant employment and economic boost.

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“The news that the IDA Advance Technology Building adjacent to the Institute of Technology Tralee at Dromtacker will now be home to 100 new jobs is hugely positive news for Kerry. The links which have been established between the company and IT Tralee are very important and have great potential.

The facility at Dromtacker.

“Kerry County Council has been working closely with the IDA and the government to attract a company to this facility and to help generate employment in Tralee. I am delighted that Central Pharma will be creating these new positions over the next five years.

“I wholeheartedly welcome this mornings jobs announcement by pharmaceutical company Central Pharma who are to bring 100 jobs to the technology park in Tralee over 5 years.”

Deputy Martin Ferris of Sinn Fein also welcomed the news.

” I and other public representatives have been highly critical of the role the IDA has played in Kerry with the massive imbalance between ourselves and Cork. This announcement is a badly needed injection of quality jobs which hopefully will see graduates from Kerry being able to stay in the county and spending their wages locally rather than in Cork, Dublin or London. This must just be a start for IDA investment and we should not have to beg for investment anymore.”

The President of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Aidan Kelly, also welcomed the announcement: “This is a fantastic Christmas present for the people of Tralee. Central Pharma have identified that Tralee is a suitable location from where they will serve their European customer base, while realising the potential that IT Tralee presents while recruiting their workforce. Tralee is an attractive location and is seen as a place that offers an excellent quality of life to those who live and work here. Tralee Chamber Alliance looks forward to collaborating with Central Pharma over the coming months as they begin to familiarise themselves with all that Kerry’s capital has to offer.”

One Comment

  1. Matty O'Leary says:

    Great news, Tralee should be County Kerry’s industrial heartland.