Jobs outlook for Limerick is good, says IDA boss

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

IDA Ireland's Andrew Vogelaar (left) at the opening of the new innovation centre in Cook Medical in Limerick with Minister Richard Bruton, Bill Doherty, Managing Director Cook Ireland, Executive Vice President Cook Group Europe, Dr Jan-Werner Poley, Director of Endoscopy at Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam and John Neilan, Director of Engineering Cook Ireland.Picture: Keith Wiseman
A SENIOR IDA official has hinted that Limerick can expect further good news on the jobs front.

A SENIOR IDA official has hinted that Limerick can expect further good news on the jobs front.

Andrew Vogelaar, who is head of medical technologies at IDA Ireland, was speaking as Cook Medical opened a €10m innovation centre in Plassey.

He declined to say whether new investment would be in the medical devices or life sciences sector in which he currently operates. It is, however, widely anticipated that biotechnology and pharmaceutical firm Regeneron will make a planning application to set up at Dell’s former manufacturing base in Raheen.

“I would say across a range of sectors the pipeline is pretty good for Limerick moving forward,” Mr Vogelaar said.

“It has been tough what has happened over the last few years. But this happened in Galway 10 or 15 years ago when DEC (Digital) pulled out and you had a whole plethora of industries coming in as well. So we are seeing companies expand in Limerick; there is plenty of room here for expansion.

“The likes of Vistakon are performing very strongly. Northern Trust are doing very well in Limerick. It is a good, attractive location here so we are positive there will be an uplift in employment.”

Only Dublin and Cork fared better than Limerick last year when in came to site visits by foreign investors courted by IDA Ireland.