Multinational pharmaceutical company Pfizer is pumping an additional €1 billion into its Grange Castle plant in Dublin West.
The biotechnology giant's investing a billion euro in a biotech manufacturing facility at its site at Grange Castle in Clondalkin.
The Business Post has reported that the biotechnology giant is likely to add hundreds more to their staff of 1,700 currently working at the plant.
More people are expected to be hired when work starts on a new Pfizer plant in Clondalkin next summer.
Nationwide, Pfizer employs 4,000 staff in total across its three sites - one in Dublin, one in Ringaskiddy in County Cork and another in Newbridge, County Kildare.
Clondalkin Councillor Trevor Gilligan says if jobs are created it'll help areas nearby, with great transport links to the rest of the country.
"When you hear of a big company like Pfizer creating such a huge investment, it can only be beneficial to not just Clondalkin and Grange Castle, but the surrounding communities as well, such as Newcastle, Lucan and so on."
"South Dublin County Council because I think that we continue to push Grange Castle as a state of the art campus, like its location is just perfect for where it is, just of the M70, M50, going down to the country."
Cllr Gilligan welcomes the investment, telling Newstalk that he hopes locals will be employed in the expanded plant.
"It's one of the largest pharma investments ever in the state", he said.
"It's also one of a string of continued investments by Pfizer in Grange Castle."
"They continue to invest there. It's a huge boost to the area."
"I do hope that trend continues to employ people from the local area as well along with this investment."
Main image shows the current Pfizer plant in Grange Castle, South County Dublin. Picture by: Eamonn Farrell / RollingNews.ie