Beckman Coulter welcomes site visit by Minister Breen

Beckman Coulter welcomes site visit by Minister Breen


Beckman Coulter Site Director Orlaith Lawler; Minister of State Pat Breen T.D

Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Mr. Pat Breen T.D, was a special visitor to the Beckman Coulter facility, at O’Callaghan’s Mills, near Tulla, this week.

Mr. Breen was welcomed to the site by Beckman Coulter Site Director Orlaith Lawler and Piers Devereux, VP of Operations for Beckman Coulter in Europe.

The minister was given a tour of the facility and an update about the ongoing construction work at the Tulla site, being completed by Brian O’Connell Ltd.

Beckman Coulter, part of the Danaher Corporation headquartered in California, is a diagnostics company whose products are used in biomedical testing and are found in hospitals, laboratories and GP surgeries worldwide.

“We were very pleased to welcome Minister Breen to our facility and update him on our progress in expanding the facilities here in Co Clare,” said Beckman Coulter Site Director Orlaith Lawler. “The visit provided a timely opportunity to brief Minister Breen on our exciting plans for growth over the next 12 months.”

Beckman Coulter employs more than 11,000 people worldwide – including 390 people in Co Clare. Staff in Tulla are engaged in R&D, manufacturing and product support activities. Many of the roles based out of the Clare site have European responsibilities. Beckman Coulter is the largest employer in the East Clare region and is one of a cluster of Med. Tech / Medical devices facilities in the Mid-West.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.