The Taoiseach Brian Cowen has pledged government support for the proposed Global Pharmaceutical Centre of Excellence in Tralee. The developers had earlier confirmed that they are finalising plans for submission to Kerry County Council for a facility at the Kerry Technology Park. The €4.7 billion project would be scheduled to open in early 2013 subject to full planning, environmental and legal requirements according to the developers, who claim that up to 400 jobs could be created in advance and over 4,500 on completion.
In a letter from Taoiseach Brian Cowen he says that “GPCE and its promoters Pharmadel can rely on the supportive engagement of the state enterprise agencies in their endeavours to make the project a reality, and to see the benefits accrue to Ireland and beyond that into the global economy.” The Taoiseach also said that when the detailed proposals for the project are submitted, he wanted to assure them that as Head of Government, the expertise of state enterprise agencies would be at their disposal to assist and support further in bringing the ambitious project to fruition.
The Taoiseachs statement has been welcomed by North Kerry SF TD Martin Ferris who said that it represents significant progress and moves the centre one step closer to Tralee. He paid tribute to all the organisations working proactively with the developers, and said that the creation of such a world class centre has the potential to change the landscape of the county.
Meanwhile South Kerry FF Deputy John O Donoghue has said that the new jobs focus outlined by the Taoiseach following meetings with the IDA and other groups will be good for Kerry. Deputy O Donoghue said that he believed that the benefits of this focus will be seen on the ground in the near future.
via Radio Kerry News