250 jobs created at Cork tech firm
A total of 250 jobs are being created in Co Cork by a world-leading technology firm.
Silicon Valley's VMware is expanding operations in Ireland, where it already employs 550 workers at two sites in Ballincollig.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said: "The announcement by VMware is great news for Cork and shows that we are on the right track.
"However, we must do more, and I have a plan for a series of measures across a range of sectors, including cloud computing, to hit ambitious targets and get people back to work."
The global technology firm provides cloud computing and says it allows companies to cut costs, strengthen its security and go green. VMware said the majority of the new jobs will be high-value customer support and sales specialists. Recruitment is already under way.
Mr Bruton said it is estimated that cloud computing could create 8,600 jobs in Ireland by 2014.
Ian Moore, VMware's country manager, said: "The opening of the new office is a result of the dedication our existing Irish employees have already shown. The Cork region is well established as a focus for dynamic IT companies and the area is well-known for its strong heritage in supporting global technology brands.
"Developing our Cork operations means we have more scope for creating new jobs for enthusiastic and energetic people with a wide range of skill sets."
With more than 10,000 employees globally, revenues of almost three billion US dollars (2.17 billion euro) and 250,000 customers, VMware is regarded as one of the world's leading technology companies.