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Eli Lilly Limerick Plant receives planning permission for new site in Raheen



Eli Lilly Limerick Plant, pictured above, is an artist’s impression of what the new €400m site will look like upon completion.

The plant will be used to produce biological ingredients to use in a range of therapies

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ellie McCarthy

The granted planning permission brings 300 new jobs to the county as Eli Lilly will be looking for engineers, scientists, and operations personnel.

Eli Lilly, a biopharmaceutical company, has received planning permission for its new €400million biologics plant in Raheen, Limerick. This announcement is good news as it brings 300 new jobs to the county as they will be looking for engineers, scientists, and operations personnel.

The news of the Eli Lilly Limerick plant has been welcomed by both Niall Collins, Minister of State and TD and Dee Ryan, Limerick Chamber chief executive, who said, “It’s a very important project and a very important investment decision for Limerick.”

The new facility is designed to use the very latest biopharma manufacturing technology to maximise productivity and sustainability and minimise the impact on the environment.

500 staff will also be employed while the project is under construction. It will be located on a greenfield site at the IDA’s Raheen Business and Technology Park.

Dave Riordan, who has been appointed as the site lead for the new plant said, “I am confident that Lilly’s arrival to Limerick will bring many additional benefits to the local community, the city and the region in the years ahead.”

Upon completion, the Eli Lilly Limerick plant will be used to produce biologic ingredients for use in a range of therapies and treatments developed by the company.

Eli Lilly has secured permission for a 10-year period for a manufacturing campus on the edge of the industrial estate.

The current plans are to construct a four-storey manufacturing building which will measure around 18,534 square metres, with a 33-metre height.

Also included in their application is a two-storey canteen, laboratory, and administration complex. Car parking and motorcycle spaces are also proposed as well as a visitor centre, with underground works to link the factory to the local water supply.

Eli Lilly already employs more than 2,500 people in Cork where it has a large manufacturing campus in Kinsale as well as a Global Business Solutions centre in Little Island.

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