A US bio-pharmaceutical company has announced a delay of two years in the creation of 1,100 jobs at a new plant in Cork.

Amgen, who is investing €820m at Carrigtwohill in Co Cork, says the plant will not go into production now until 2012.

A spokeswoman said following a global review of their business needs, it has been decided to reschedule the opening of the bulk manufacturing facility until 2012.

She stressed the company remains committed to the project but the time lines will be staggered and extended to 'allow a more efficient product'.

130 people are already employed by the company on site and she said these people would be redeployed, where necessary.

It was announced in January 2006 that the company planned to build process development, bulk manufacture and fill and finish facilities at Carrigtwohill, producing products for the European market.

23 jobs at risk in Co Cork

Up to 23 jobs are at risk in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, following a decision by Breeo Foods to outsource sausage production at its plant in the town.

Breeo Foods makes Galtee sausages and rashers, as well as cheese, at the plant which currently employs 110 people.

A consultative meeting between unions and management is due to take place later this afternoon at the factory.

It is understood the company has taken the decision to outsource sausage production because of increasing costs.

However, it is also understood that all workers in the area will be offered alternative employment within the factory.