Fianna Fáil Leader and Cork South Central TD Micheál Martin has called on the Government to ensure there is full engagement by State agencies with Pfizer and its employees at its Shanbally manufacturing facility which is due to close in September. 

Pfizer has announced that an agreement has been reached with BioMarin Pharmaceutical to purchase the plant.

Deputy Martin said: “The closure of Pfizer’s manufacturing facility at Shanbally in September will be a significant blow to the community and will affect its 65 workers and their families.

“Today’s announcement by Pfizer that it has reached an agreement with BioMarin Pharmaceutical will bring investment and job creation to the area over the coming 5 years.  However the impact of the closure of the facility in the coming months cannot be underestimated.

“The pharmaceutical sector in Cork remains strong and the workers employed in the Shanbally facility are highly skilled.  I am urging the Government to engage the State agencies with Pfizer and the workers to ensure all necessary support is being provided to them.  State agencies, such as FÁS, can provide assistance to help workers secure alternative employment or retraining and upskilling if necessary.

“I also note the announcement this evening that work is ongoing by Pfizer management on plans to sell its Co. Cork site at Loughbeg.  I hope any such buyer will be in a position to increase employment in the area.”