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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Employment Data

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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118. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of persons employed in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry by region and type of manufacturing, for example, regular medicines, biological medicines and so on; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45988/19]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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There are approximately 30,000 people directly employed in IDA-supported biopharmaceutical companies. More broadly, the life sciences sector, encompassing pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical technology, now employs more than 60,000 people in Ireland and exports in excess of €58 billion annually.

Over 80 multinational biopharma companies have significant facilities in Ireland with many of those operating multiple sites around the country. However, information on the breakdown of employment by region or by type of manufacturing is not currently available.

IDA Ireland continues to promote Ireland as a prime location for high-end pharmaceutical and biotech activities, including research and development; global business service centres; high-value manufacturing; and supply chain management.


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