LIMERICK health technology firm Legato has announced the creation of a further 80 jobs at its research and development hub in Plassey, bringing its overall number of employees to 200.
The company is currently recruiting software engineers and the additional posts will be across software engineering and data science sectors. It is expected that Legato’s initial complement of 120 staff will be recruited in the coming months, with a target to fill all 200 posts by next summer.
Through the development of artificial intelligence and data-analytics solutions, the Limerick R&D hub will play a key role in the transition from health insurance to health assurance by identifying individual and wider public interventions that will enable people live healthier and longer lives. Its solutions will also identify efficiency gains in healthcare provision.
The announcement of further job numbers for the site was made today following a recent visit to the site by Minister of State Robert Troy who met with company representatives and board members, as well as key regional stakeholders to discuss Legato’s growth ambitions.
Minister Troy said that Legato arrived in the Irish market last September with an announcement of 60 jobs and to be expanding so quickly for 200 posts reflected the company’s ambition for and commitment to its site in Limerick.
“It also reflects very positively on Limerick and the wider Mid-West region as a location for inward investment. Legato’s R&D hub is an excellent and exciting addition to the tech ecosystem that Limerick has been synonymous with for decades.”
John Patrick Shaw, Country Head, Legato Health Technologies Ireland, said: “We’ve had a really good start to life in Limerick and that’s down to two specific reasons. One is the exciting opportunity we are giving to people to join us and apply their skills with a company whose purpose is all about making a difference to human health and healthcare.
“We have exciting growth plans here and, from a standing start of last September, we are now heading to 200 associates next year following today’s commitment. That’s a trajectory we intend to continue.”
Local Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell said that Legato’s announcement that they are to increase their initial employment projections by two thirds was a further strong endorsement of Limerick City and its third level graduates and institutions.
“It comes only six months after the company announced their footprint was to double from their initial target of 60 jobs up to 120 in their new Castletroy R&D Hub.
“This IDA Ireland supported project sees Legato continue the strong trend of companies utilising the diverse and highly skilled talent pool in the health technology sector being developed here in Limerick and Mid-West,” he added.