Jobs boost at 10 new Tesco outlets
More than 460 jobs are to be created by supermarket giant Tesco after it announced plans for 10 new outlets.
The retailer is to invest 120 million euro targeting shoppers in the greater Dublin market.
New stores will open in Cabra in Dublin city, Rush, north County Dublin and in Kildare and another seven Express stores will open in the region.
Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, said there are great opportunities in retail despite the serious difficulties.
"I have said repeatedly that Government does not create jobs, but the decisions they take can create an environment where entrepreneurs and growing businesses can create jobs," he said.
"Reducing costs, providing new lines of credit and driving the innovation and R&D agenda are core to my plan to create that job-friendly environment. We have made some progress to date on this front but have much more to do so that we can see more announcements like the very positive news from Tesco."
In all there will be 462 new jobs - 150 in Cabra, 120 in Kildare, 80 in Rush and 16 jobs in each of the Express stores.
Tesco has already begun replacement work on its store in Roscrea, Tipperary, where 60 people will be employed, and in the last four months the supermarket chain has said 235 people will be taken on at new stores in Balbriggan, north Dublin, and Celbridge, Co Kildare, and in a replacement store in Portlaoise.
Construction on the new outlets is also expected to create 548 jobs.
Tony Keohane, Tesco Ireland chief executive, said: "This latest investment in new and improved Tesco stores once again highlights our commitment to Ireland."