An Taoiseach Micheál Martin is in Castlebar today and has been the special guest at Baxter Healthcare, Castlebar this morning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the  company in Mayo.
Baxter Healthcare employs 1,200 people at its plants in Castlebar and Swinford and it has played a significant role in the development of Mayo as a hub for foreign direct investment.
The sun was shining and there and great excitement at the plant. The Taoiseach cut the ribbon on a new walkway for employees to enjoy  around the Castlebar site, named the 50th anniversary walkway. It’s about a km and a half in length.
Micheal Martin then spoke to Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley and began by outlining his strong support and enthusiasm for all that Baxter does locally and internationally..
 James Morrison is the Plant Manager at Baxter Healthcare, Castlebar and Teresa congratulated him on the achievement of 50 years and the Taoiseach coming to celebrate the occasion..
The Taoiseach has now gone to Main St in Castlebar and is meeting local business leaders, including the president of Castlebar Chamber of Commerce, Bernard Hughes, at The Connaught Telegraph offices and will be  visiting the Mayo Mental Health Association's Mindspace facility in town and dropping into Cuppa Joes on Market Square for lunch.
Afterwards he is scheduled to visit the Atlantic Technological University Mayo in the town, before being given a short tour of the Lough Lannagh amenity.