Jobs boost as County Limerick surgical firm expands

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Image caption Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton said measures were in place to help employment in the area

A company that develops surgical products has announced plans to create 270 jobs in County Limerick over the next five years.

Ethicon Biosurgery Ireland is planning an 80m euro (£66.1m) investment in a manufacturing facility at the National Technology Park in Plassey.

The facility, due for completion by 2015, will manufacture a product that helps stop bleeding during surgery.

The expansion will create about 150 temporary construction positions.

The company, which is part of the Johnson & Johnson family, said recruitment for the positions was already under way.

The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said: "Manufacturing is a central pillar of the government's action plan for jobs, and we have put in place a series of measures to help reverse the decline in employment in this area in the past."