125 new jobs for Waterford
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Jospeh C. Papa, Chairman and chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International at the announcement of 125 jobs in Waterford today
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today officially opened a new €85 million extension at Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health company and welcomed the company's announcement of the creation of 125 new jobs for Waterford.
The Taoiseach congratulated Bausch + Lomb, saying:
This major investment by the company adding an extra 125 jobs, is a big vote of confidence in this Government's ambitions for Waterford and for the future. Bausch + Lomb and its parent company Valeant are to be commended for their commitment to the South East region. This Government is determined to show over the next few months and years that we can not only continue to stimulate growth, but that we are able to spread the benefit across the entire country.
The Taoiseach added:
Later this year, the Government will publish a new National Development Plan which will plan for the Ireland of 2040 with an estimated population of 5.5 million. I believe that the plan should provide for significant population growth in Waterford city - with the aim to be a city of 75,000 by the middle of the century, thus ending arguments about numbers and critical mass. The Government I lead will work with Waterford, her politicians, her council and her business and community leaders towards removing barriers, blockages, building infrastructure and opening up new opportunities so the city can prosper.
Read the full speech here.