Anderson ‘working hard’ to bring pharmaceutical jobs

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Foyle Sinn Féin MLA has said she has been in “daily contact” with the boss of a major pharmaceutical company which is considering setting up in Derry.

The move could create almost 300 jobs with the establishment of a Global Pharmaceutical Centre of Excellence (GPCE) in the city and the potential of thousands of additional jobs in further stages of the development.

The company is currently deciding on whether to site the development in Derry or Tralee. Officials from GPCE visited Derry in recent weeks to look at possible locations and said they were impressed by what they saw.

Ms Anderson said she has been lobbying the company in an effort to secure the major jobs boost for Derry. “I make no apologies for working my heart out to try and secure these jobs for Derry.  I am in daily contact with Rory Doyle, the chief executive of the company, who is a Kerry man at heart and while I acknowledge that he is keen to locate in Kerry, I have marketed this city in a way that has Derry as a very attractive option,” she said.

The junior minister said she is working “extremely hard” to bring the jobs to Derry. “We still have a way to go.  It is not here yet but I am working extremely hard to get Derry as the preferred location,” she said.

Ms Anderson also said she has been working with others in the city to promote Derry and called for a meeting to be convened to help secure the jobs.

“I still need to work with others to get this over the line but there has not been a door closed to me yet .

Everyone is seizing the opportunity with me and Willie Hay and I will be asking the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to convene a round table meeting with stakeholders to assist with the sell,” she said.