• Allergan is to invest €65m in its Irish operations and will add 63 jobs to its plant in Westport.

    Local Minister Michael Ring told Midwest News this morning that it’s great news for the county, and added that Allergan has been a wonderful employer in Westport for forty years now.

     Allergan has four plants in Ireland - two in Dublin, one in Mayo and one in Galway. 

    Today's jobs announcement will bring its employee numbers in Ireland above 2,100.

    The €65m funding will also see the company invest at its Clonshaugh facility in Dublin, which includes two manufacturing facilities and the company's head office.

    The Westport campus is the largest and most complex in the company's global network. 

    It includes a pharmaceuticals facility, two biologics plants and is also responsible for the global supply of Botox. 

    Minister Ring says the news is today warmly welcomed in Westport.


  • THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce the teams bidding to become 2019 LGFA Interfirms champions.

    All roads lead to Naomh Mearnóg in Portmarnock, Dublin, on Saturday, May 18, where 12 teams will compete for the top prize.

    In addition, 11 teams have signed up to take part in a recreational blitz, where no matter what the level, experience or ability, teams will play lots of football, socialise with each other and have fun.

    Following on from last year’s successful Interfirms launch, which saw AIB retain their title, this year’s competition is even bigger and better, with increased numgers competing in the competitive event.

    The teams who will aim for LGFA Interfirms glory are as follows:


    Allergan Pharmaceuticals

    Cavan/Monaghan Gardaí

    Irish Prison Service

    Kishoge Community College

    Pallas Foods

    PWC x 2 teams

    Teagasc Moorepark x 2 teams

    University Hospital Waterford

    AIB Dublin



    The following 11 teams will take part in the recreational blitz:


    Athy College

    Auntie Anne’s

    Baker McKenzie

    Boston Scientific

    Irish Prison Service

    National Ambulance Service

    Pfizer Cork

    St. Kevins Community College, Dunlavin

    Glanbia Kilkenny

    Ard Scoil Trionóide

    Accenture Dublin

  • Global biopharmaceutical company Allergan  has completed a €160 million investment in its Westport, Co Mayo facility as part of a strategic expansion.


    The New-York listed botox maker’s investment in Westport cements that facility’s position as its largest in the world and brings its investment here since it began operations to more than €750 million.


    The new facility will create 63 jobs and enhance Ireland’s position as a strategic global hub for Allergan’s flagship products.


    Paul Coffey Vice President Global Manufacturing and site Lead at Allergan Westport told Midwest News this morning that this €160m investment underpins Allergans commitment to advancement in the biologics arena and we are delighted that Ireland is home to this strategic expansion. 

  • A local Councillor says that something has to be done about flooding on the access road to Allergan and Portwest in Westport.

    Independent Cllr Christy Hyland says the access road flooded again yesterday, following heavy rain as part of Storm Diana yesterday.

    He says that once Allergan found out that the road was flooded, they provided access to the two sites by opening up a road at the rear of their plant.

    However Cllr Hyland says the situation must be resolved, as it has occurred on a number of occasions over the past few years.

    He says that both Allergan and Portwest are major employers and it is not good enough to have the access road to the plants flooded.

    Cllr Hyland says employees were worried about getting home from work or getting into work yesterday because of the issue.

    He told Midwest News he has been in touch with the Executive of Mayo County Council about the matter.

  • A Grange Institute of Technology Sligo student has won the Allergan Innovation Award. 

    Patricia Regan of the Faculty of Science at IT Sligo won the prestigious award along with €7,500 for her pioneering research into Alzheimer’s disease.

    Her research aims to provide pivotal diagnostic evidence in the field of Alzheimer’s research by understanding the processes in brain development.

    This specialist scientific analysis will be carried out under the expert supervision of Dr. Margaret Doherty, a leading lecturer in Biomedical Science at IT Sligo.

    Patricia has been a student at IT Sligo since 2013, achieving a First Class Honours in BSc in Medical Biotechnology before continuing her studies at the Institute through a Master's in Bioanalytical Chemistry.

  • Remedial work has been carried out on a road in Westport which had been prone to flooding.

    The road in the Carrowbeg area, which also leads to Portwest and Allergan, had flooded on a number of occasions, cutting off access to the factories and also for a number of residents.

    However local Independent Cllr Christy Hyland has been informed that remedial work has been carried out on the road.