240 new jobs as three firms expand
Some 240 new jobs are to be created with the expansion of three companies around the country.
Car industry supplier Valeo Vision Systems has said it will take on 140 more staff at its operations in Tuam, Co Galway.
The roles will include research and development as well as operations positions as part of an investment backed by the taxpayer through State investment agency IDA.
The expansion will bring the workforce at Valeo in Tuam to almost 750 permanent jobs, the company said.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the announcement was a great example of the potential to boost Ireland's stuggling manufacturing sector.
"Over the past decade some people wrongly assumed that Ireland did not have a future in manufacturing and the sector suffered from some neglect - but in recent years we have provided new supports for the sector and have seen the benefits," he said.
"Here is a world-leading company, carrying out research and development in a regional town, developing cutting-edge new systems and processes, and creating large numbers of high-end manufacturing jobs as a result."
Valeo designs and makes components and systems for cars that cut CO2 emissions and assist driving.
It employs 75,300 people in 29 countries worldwide.
In Longford, pet food company C&D Foods announced it is opening a new state-of-the-art factory in Edgeworthstown and will take on 70 more staff over the next three years.
The firm, once owned by former taoiseach Albert Reynolds and now run by his son Philip, said the 15 million euro expansion - helped by the public purse through Enterprise Ireland - will make the plant the biggest of its kind in Europe.
Separately in Dublin, IT services company Ammeon said it will create 30 high-skilled jobs.
Recruitment has already begun for experienced IT professionals and graduates to fill software development and test automation roles.
The investment is also being supported by Enterprise Ireland, the State's home-grown business investment agency.
"Ammeon is a highly innovative technology company which is selling its services in Ireland and overseas, growing rapidly and creating high-skilled jobs," said Mr Bruton.