Blog Article 23 Oct 2018
Mary Buckley, Executive Director with IDA Ireland pictured with Grand Prix Winners, Regeneron
Mary Buckley, Executive Director with IDA Ireland pictured with Grand Prix Winners, Regeneron

The Invest in Ireland Awards took place last week at a gala ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin. The inaugural event honoured some of the most prominent names in Ireland’s foreign direct investment sector.

The Grand Prix winner was Regeneron, whose bulk biologics production facility in Limerick is the largest in Ireland. The company has expanded rapidly in five short years since first announcing plans to establish operations in Ireland. To date, Regeneron’s investment here totals $750 million and employment at the Limerick campus now stands at 800+ people.  The company also won in the category of ‘Excellence in Regional Investment’.
Eamonn Sinnott, Vice President and General Manager at Intel Ireland, received the Lifetime Achievement prize, also known as the ‘FDI Hero 2018 Award’. Since taking up the post at the helm of Intel Ireland in 2010, Eamonn has built and led the largest industrial investment in the history of the Irish State. In January 2011, he announced the beginning of upgrade works at Intel’s campus in Leixlip co Kildare at a cost of €5 billion. Since 1989, Intel has invested a total of $13.9 billion in Ireland creating the most advanced industrial campus in Europe. Today, alongside advanced manufacturing, Intel in Ireland has come to represent a diversity of activities across the spectrum of Intel business from cutting edge research to design. Intel has 4,500 employees across Ireland in Leixlip, Co. Kildare and in Shannon, Co. Clare.


Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, pictured with FDI Hero 2018, Eamonn Sinnott of Intel Ireland

Another big winner on the night was Dell EMC, which picked up the Transformation and Commitment to Diversity awards. The first category recognised how the company pivoted from its original strategy, adapted to changing business conditions and took advantage of new and emerging opportunities. The second award honoured Dell’s efforts in creating a diverse and inclusive work environment to the benefit of staff and the business.
The rest of the award winners, in alphabetical order, were:
Bristol-Myers Squibb for Investment of the Year, in recognition of its work in the past 18 months. The pharmaceutical company’s €1 billion state-of-the-art biologics manufacturing site at Cruiserath in Dublin is now operational. 
Cylance won the Emerging Business Investment award. The fast-growing cybersecurity company uses artificial intelligence technology in its products. It established its EMEA Operations Centre  in Cork in 2016.
Microsoft won the CSR category for the way in which its corporate social responsibility project integrated the business with the community. The software company has a long-standing history as an inward investor, having first come to Ireland in the 1980s.
Valeo Vision Systems received the R&D award. The company makes in-car camera technology and R&D is a key activity at its Irish site in Tuam, Co. Galway. There, 400 of the team are the global product line centre of excellence, and they also support a further global network of research activity at Valeo.
The Staff Upskilling Award went to WP Engine, the software startup that has operations in Limerick. The award reflects how the company has put one of its core values ‘the best get better’ into action, through programmes that enhance the skills and knowledge of the company’s employees.
All multinational companies with manufacturing or services operations in the Republic of Ireland were eligible to enter. Some 35 companies reached the shortlist before the independent panel of judges chose the eventual winners. 

The Awards are a partnership between INM (Independent News & Media) and Alchemy Events and were supported by CPL, IDA Ireland, Vistra and William Fry


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