There has been an enthusiastic reaction among local politicians to the Amneal announcement for Cashel.
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Tom Hayes said he had met this company previously on several occasions when they were assessing Cashel as an investment location.
“Cashel is a great place to invest, and one in which I hope Amneal can thrive over the coming years”, he said.
Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly said the news will be a great boost to the county and to Cashel in particular.
“Having met with Solidus on several occasions and assisted in the completion of the sale, I am delighted that this day has come. Tipperary has a huge deal to offer multinational companies like Amneal and I look forward to assisting them as they set up their Cashel site. Access to talent and good infrastructure are vital for investments of this size – Amneal will find both here in Tipperary”.
Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the announcement as excellent news for Cashel and comes after a very protracted period of uncertainty over the future operation of the plant.
“While it is particularly welcome for Cashel town, it is also a great boost for the region.
“Regionally we know from the Government’s own figures that the South East has suffered from significant underinvestment by the IDA, barely accounting for a fifth of the national strategic investment fund budget.
“In light of that I can only hope that the persistent pressure we are placing on the IDA and Minister Bruton will continue to pay dividends for the South East”, he said.
Independent TD Seamus Healy described Amneal as an excellent company and said it was particularly satisfying that research and development was planned for the site as that would ensure it was a long term project.
He said that he had been pushing in the Dail for a replacement industry on the former Alza site for sometime but now “we must kick on and ensure that Tipperary gets its fair share of new jobs. This is great news but we have already lost 320 IDA-supported jobs in the county”.
Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan has warmly welcomed the Cashel jobs boost.
“This is the second positive job boost for Tipperary in a week following ABP’s launch last week. The future of the Johnson and Johnson plant is safe into the future. This is another concrete vote of confidence in Tipperary and our local quality workforce,” said Deputy Coonan.
“The IDA were concerned that premature announcements regarding Amneal’s investment at the site could have put the project in danger. Thankfully the IDA and their negotiations won the day. While this issue has been a topic of debate recently, I was persistently impressing upon Minister Bruton the need for investment at the Cashel site, and explained how the local community was concerned about plans for the plant. I was also in touch with the IDA about the negotiations which have been ongoing for some time.
“There is more work to be done to bring jobs to Tipperary but we are moving in the right direction,” he stated.