Laois-Offaly Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen has called for assurances about the future of jobs at Covidien in Tullamore following the announcement that the company is being bought by American medical device maker Medtronic in a multi-billion dollar deal.
Deputy Cowen said: “On the face of it there doesn’t appear to be much change for workers on the ground here in Tullamore but I think the workforce will need assurances. Medtronic is to move its executive headquarters to Ireland and I think this is a very positive announcement. Covidien employs over 500 people in Tullamore supporting hundreds of families and any adverse impact on jobs would have a devastating impact on the local economy.
“Ireland has proven itself to be a world leader in the pharmaceutical sector and it supports thousands of jobs across the country. However, Fianna Fáil has been concerned for some time that the Government has taken its eye off the ball and that instability in the pharma sector has led to job losses.
“Covidien has operated its manufacturing facility in Offaly for many years. The facility, which makes airway management products used in surgical procedures, I visited the plant a number of weeks ago and I saw first-hand how valuable the company is to the local economy.
“Covidien is a major player in Tullamore and it is essential that the Government and the relevant State agencies engage with management and its new owners to secure its future operations in the Midlands.”