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200 Jobs to Go as BD Closes Drogheda Plant

200 Jobs to Go as BD Closes Drogheda Plant

Approximately 200 jobs will be lost following the announcement that medical technology company BD is set to close its Drogheda plant. The plant’s operations will be phased out over the next two and a half years.

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), known for manufacturing medical devices, stated that the decision follows a recent review of its global manufacturing and supply chain network aimed at optimizing efficiency. This closure includes 70 redundancies previously announced last year.

The company has been a fixture in Drogheda for 60 years, with its website highlighting the plant as a prime manufacturer of products that expedite oncology, interventional radiology, and critical care.

In a statement, BD emphasized that the closure is not a reflection on the performance of its employees. “As a responsible business, we must ensure that our operations are efficient and that our resources are allocated effectively.”

BD reaffirmed its commitment to Ireland, noting that the closure will not affect its other Irish sites. The company also expressed a commitment to collaborating with the IDA to find a new owner for the Drogheda site. This decision is part of BD’s 2025 strategy to streamline operations, optimize its manufacturing network, and simplify business processes.

Announcement Made at Meeting with Staff

BD employees, along with trade union shop stewards and officials, were informed of the closure at a meeting held at the City North Hotel. Neil McGowan, SIPTU Manufacturing Divisional Organiser, reported that the plant will close in phases, with the first round of 110 redundancies occurring in March 2025 and the remaining layoffs by September 2026.

McGowan described the announcement as a massive shock. “People are devastated. This is going to be devastating for the workers, their families, and the entire northeast region.” He urged all stakeholders, including the company, the Government, and the IDA, to work towards maintaining employment at the site.

‘Massive Blow for Drogheda’

Local Labour TD Ged Nash called the closure a “massive blow for Drogheda,” Ireland’s largest town. He criticized the Government and its agencies for their lack of investment in Drogheda. “Drogheda will now lose its only large-scale IDA-backed manufacturing company. The Government and its agencies are asleep at the wheel when it comes to investment in Drogheda.”

Nash demanded answers from the Government and the IDA regarding their knowledge of BD’s plans and their efforts to retain jobs in Drogheda. He called for the establishment of an expert-led enterprise task force to address investment in the area and prevent it from becoming a foreign direct investment backwater.

BD continues to operate at three other locations in Ireland: Dún Laoghaire in Dublin, Enniscorthy in Wexford, and Limerick.

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