Minister Richard Bruton hails Enterprise Ireland record on job creation
More than 10,000 new jobs were created by companies supported by one of the State's business agencies last year.
Enterprise Ireland said its client firms took on 21,118 employees in 2015 bringing the total workforce in these businesses to 192,223 by the end of the year - a record high.
When lay-offs were taken into account the agency's work helped add 10,169 people to the workforce, it revealed.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said Enterprise Ireland staff being posted overseas and a doubling in the number of trade missions have played their part in the successes.
"Irish companies have an unparalleled capacity to create jobs in towns and cities right around the country, and in recent years these companies have created more than three quarters of the 135,000 extra jobs created across the economy," he said.
The Enterprise Ireland figures are being heralded as the best results in decades.
"This did not happen by accident - it happened as the result of a carefully designed and implemented plan," Mr Bruton said.
Enterprise Ireland said 15 investments were in companies established in Ireland by overseas entrepreneurs, while 61 of the start-up companies invested in were led by women.
The report also revealed that almost two thirds of the new jobs were created outside Dublin.