Republic boosted by the creation of 1,000 new jobs
More than 1,000 jobs are being created in the Republic, in a series of investments including plans for new privately run care homes and expansions at technology firms and a leading energy, waste and water company.
Some 800 jobs are planned by Nua Healthcare as it builds 20 centres for people with disabilities in the south of the country over the coming three years.
In another economic boost, the French services company Veolia will add 300 positions to its 500 strong workforce over the next five years.
And in other announcements, cloud computing company Netigate is to base its international headquarters in Cork and create 45 jobs - and the Irish software company Boxever will add 100 positions as it expands its business of helping airlines and travel firms gather and analyse data.
Nua Healthcare's expansion plans for the next three years were revealed at the official opening of the private operator's Glenview House in Kilmallock, Co Limerick.
The six-bed facility will be staffed by up to 30 carers, giving round the clock support to adults with special needs.
Recruitment will be for social care, nursing and administrative support roles.
Edward Dunne, chief executive of the company, said the investment was down to huge demand for their services over recent years.
"The announcement is a major step towards making our service more accessible to individuals nationally," he said.
Nua Healthcare already employs more than 800 staff at 28 locations around the Republic.