Call for clarity on Ortec start up and job creation in County Limerick

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

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normap@limerickleader.ie

'We have had very little movement or information': Deputy Niall Collins

'We have had very little movement or information': Deputy Niall Collins

FIANNA Fáil TD for Limerick, Niall Collins has called on US-company Ortec to clarify its time-line in relation to setting up a plant in County Limerick.

“The local community is entitled to some clarity as to timeline,” he told the Limerick Leader.

Last week, Deputy Collins put down a Dáil question asking Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphries to comment on “the status of the start up and job creation” of Ortec in Newcastle West.

He put down the question, he explained, because it is now “almost two years” since Ortec announced it was setting up in Newcastle West with the creation of over 110 high-skilled jobs.

“We have had very little movement or information since,” Deputy Collins said. “A number of people have been in contact with me who are interested in working in the place, asking what is the story. Is this start-up going to materialise? A number of business people around the town have also been in touch.”

Planning permission to extend an existing industrial building in the town has been granted, he acknowledged. But he continued: “At this stage I would call on the company itself to make clear the time line for the roll-out of is development in Newcastle West.”

In her reply, Minister Humphries said that the IDA is in “regular contact with Ortec Inc about its investment plans”.

“I understand that the company has confirmed that it remains fully committed to the establishment of the facility in Limerick and it is working closely with stakeholders locally to progress the project,” she said.

In February 2016, the Limerick Leader revealed that a major US investment was on the way for Newcastle West.

“But it was November 2016 before Ortec Inc,  a biomaterial and polymer technology company serving the life sciences industry, officially announced that it intended to site its European headquarters in the town with the creation of 110 engineering and science jobs.

A premises, owned by a consortium of local business people, was acquired but needed to be extended. Planning permission for this has been granted.