Minister for Disability and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has welcomed the major investment of €300 million at the IDA site in Athenry as US multinational Dexcom build a new facility in the town.
Manufacturers of continuous glucose monitoring for people with diabetes, Dexcom has chosen Athenry as the location for its first plant in Europe.
Supported by the Government and IDA Ireland, the investment will see €300 million over 5 years with up to 1,000 jobs being created, as well as around 500 jobs during the construction of the facility.
Welcoming the news, Minister Rabbitte said:
This is simply amazing news for Athenry and will be transformative for the town.
This site has been idle for a number of years so it’s great to finally see an investment of this scale in the town and one which will create so much employment at the facility but also services that may spring up off the back of it.
and she continued:
Galway is well known for its medical technology sector, particularly in the City so it’s wonderful to see this spreading around the county.
Athenry is a town with so much to offer and has an ideal location just off the motorway so is very accessible.
And she continued:
This will bring so many skilled jobs to the town and may well attract other such companies to the area.
It really is turning point for the town, and demonstrates how this Government is trying to ensure there is investment around the country, not just focused on the major urban centres.
and she concluded:
People have been wondering what was happening with this site, which cover over 200 acres so it’s great to finally have this over the line and to have activity on the site, which I’m sure will only be the start of this story.