Our Work in Ireland

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About Lilly in Ireland

Today, Eli Lilly and Company employs over 1000 people in Ireland spread between Sales and Marketing, Medical, Manufacturing and Shared Services for Lilly’s global organisation.

Lilly’s Irish affiliate was established over thirty years ago to provide research-based prescription only medicines to patients in Ireland. The Lilly affiliate is based in Dublin.

Lilly’s first manufacturing investment in Ireland began with the construction of a manufacturing facility in Dunderrow, close to Kinsale, County Cork in 1978.

The mission of the Kinsale facility is to support the development, manufacture and supply of many of the medicines in Lilly’s portfolio. The site uses advanced chemical and biological processes to produce a range of active pharmaceutical ingredients. These products are further processed to final dosage forms at various facilities to supply medicines to patients worldwide.

In 2010 Cork was selected as the site for our European Shared Service Centre, focused mainly on Financial Activities.
In 2014 we re-branded to Global Business Solutions, to reflect our diversity of services into new areas including Customer Meeting Services, Medical Information and HR Data Management