Business expansion
Southern and Eastern;
Location of affected unit(s)
Cork and Carlow
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Basic Pharmaceutical Products And Pharmaceutical Preparations
21.20 - Manufacture of pharmaceutical preparations

330 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
30 May 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 May 2020


Pharmaceutical manufacturer MSD is to create 330 new jobs across Cork and Carlow over the next three years. The new jobs will be in technical, engineering, biochemistry, biology, quality and operations positions. MSD's Cork plant will see 210 of the new positions, while the other 120 new jobs will be based at the company's vaccine and biologics plant in Carlow. The expansion is enabled through a €280 million investment across both Cork and Carlow plants.

MSD currently employs 1,600 people in Ireland, across four sites in Cork, Carlow, Dublin and Tipperary. The company has been operating in Ireland for more than 50 years and has commercial and marketing functions in Ireland as well as manufacturing.


  • 30 May 2017: RTE
  • 30 May 2017: Silicon Republic.com


Eurofound (2017), MSD, Business expansion in Ireland, factsheet number 91077, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91077.