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By Chamber Press Office, 13 February 2018
The decision by Pharma group MSD to create 350 new jobs in Swords is a validation of what the Dublin region has to offer, according to business group Dublin Chamber.
The Chamber said the new MSD jobs were a good example of the types of jobs that Dublin and Ireland can continue to attract - but only if we continue to maintain and enhance our offering.
The Chamber congratulated MSD's Irish management team for their achievements in bringing the 350 new jobs to Swords, with Ireland beating off competition from other locations around the world.
According to Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke: "Yet again we see that the biggest and best companies in the world want to do business in Dublin. MSD's commitment to Ireland sends a message to the rest of the world about Ireland's credentials. MSD was previously a big employer in Swords and it is fantastic to see the company expand its presence here once again."
Dublin Chamber has cautioned that Dublin's ability to continue to attract more jobs and investment will depend on our ability to produce skilled talent and to address our current housing shortage.
Ms Burke said: "Housing is the biggest issue currently facing businesses in the Dublin region. Huge opportunity exists for Dublin to continue to win new jobs, both from firms already based here and from overseas companies looking to expand. Many of the staff that MSD, and other companies, are looking to hire are at graduate level. Therefore, it essential that accommodation in the Dublin region is both available and affordable for people of all levels. We must also ensure that our education system in Ireland continues to produce the types of worker that companies such as MSD are looking for. Failure to do so will result in skilled jobs being lost, not just to Dublin but to Ireland as a whole, as companies switch attention to competitor cities abroad."