North County Dublin can prove to be the perfect home for the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is leaving London in the wake of Brexit, according to local senator, James Reilly (FG).
Former Health Minister, Reilly said he will be working with the Government to make a pitch for the EMA to relocate to a site near Dublin Airport, potentially bringing between 800 and 900 highly paid jobs to the area.
The EMA is the European Union agency responsible for the protection of public and animal health through the scientific evaluation and supervision of medicines.
Speaking to the County Leader, Dr Reilly outlined the case for location of this key European agency to the new International Business Campus, Dublin Airport Central on the 70 acre site right beside Dublin Airport.
“With all its facilities and connectivity in Ireland, Europe, USA and worldwide, this is an ideal business hub for an international agency with the added advantage of being located in the North County.”
“In the wake of Brexit, the EMA will relocate from the UK to an EU member state. Many other countries are pitching for the agency, which has a budget of €287 million for 2017. I believe that a relocation to Ireland and the North County in particular makes perfect sense.”
The County Council has already granted planning permission for four Headquarter Offices capable of holding 4,000 new employees with 450,000 square feet of new state of the art modern office space. This would give the EMA that ability to quickly get a bespoke, state of the art facility, constructed as a matter of urgency.
“This is an ideal location for the European Medicines Agency. Currently located in London, the EMA began operating in 1995. The Agency is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the EU,” said Reilly.
“I very much welcome the efforts of the Department of Health and Minister Simon Harris to land this key project into Ireland from London. As the Fine Gael Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the Seanad, I am aware that no stone will be left unturned in our efforts to bring the EMA to Ireland.”
“Medical Research is conducted through English worldwide and Ireland as the sole English speaking nation now in the EU, making a transition to Fingal almost seamless. These well paid and highly qualified employees moving to the North County would obviously be a huge benefit to the area and a relocation will obviously provide many local employment opportunities too.