Further jobs boost for Limerick with Icon announcement

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Jobs minister Richard Bruton, who attended the announcement at Icon's headquarters in Dublin last week along with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Bruton. The company is to expand  in Limerick
LIMERICK has received a second major jobs boost in a matter of days with news that clinical research company Icon Plc is to create 100 new jobs.

LIMERICK has received a second major jobs boost in a matter of days with news that clinical research company Icon Plc is to create 100 new jobs.

The medical outsourcing provider, that has a base in the National Technology Park, announced this morning at the launch of the Government’s action plan for jobs that it was creating 200 jobs through a new global innovation hub - with the jobs to be “split evenly” between Limerick and Dublin.

The 200 new jobs - part-funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland - will include roles in IT, Data Analytics, Clinical Science, Project Management, Finance and Human Resources.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said: “Icon is a great example of what we are trying to achieve – an Irish company, operating in 40 countries around the world, delivering cutting edge services to some of the world’s biggest businesses, and employing increasing numbers of people in Ireland.

“Today’s announcement that Icon is creating an extra 200 jobs in Ireland – split roughly evenly between Dublin and Limerick – which will take its total employment to 1200 here, is a huge boost and a great example of what is possible from companies like this. I look forward to working with Ciaran and the team as they continue to grow.”

The announcement this morning at Icon’s Leopardstown base was attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tanaiste Joan Burton, Mr Bruton and Ciaran Murray, Icon’s CEO.

Mr Bruton was in Limerick earlier this week to open online ticket agent viagogo’s new operations centre in Limerick, at which the company announced plans to double its workforce in Limerick in the next three years.

Icon, which operates in 40 countries and has approximately 11,000 employees, provides outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.

“We have successfully built relationships with all of the world’s top biopharma companies and have been at the forefront of innovation in the design and conduct of global clinical trials,” said CEO Ciaran Murray.

“As innovation plays an increasingly important role in improving the outcomes of clinical trials, we are excited to reinforce our commitment to that goal by locating our global innovation hub in Ireland, one of the leading R&D and innovation centres in the world.”

Limerick TD Kieran O’Donnell welcomed “the second major vote of confidence in the city in less than a week”.

“These jobs are high-tech and high-value. They represent a vote of confidence in Limerick as a location for industries that need top-quality people. Significantly, these jobs are coming about on foot of Icon establishing its global innovation hub here,” said the Fine Gael TD.

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