Opticians to create 40 positions
Up to 40 new jobs will be created across the country over the next five years with the expansion of an optician firm.
Opticks Superior Eyecare has opened its second shop, based in Dun Laoghaire, and plans to open a further eight across the country.
The company has been trading for 12 months and has already created six full-time jobs.
Its planned expansion represents a five million euro investment.
Speaking at the launch of the new shop, jobs minister Richard Bruton said: "Opticks is an expanding, innovative Irish business with many lessons for policymakers and businesspeople alike.
"I am delighted to be involved in their expansion and to tell them that this Government will support innovative indigenous companies like this in every way possible to ensure that they can drive growth and employment in the economy again."
Mr Bruton said he has been speaking for some time about the need to create homegrown jobs to help transform the economy.
Opticks director Dublin-born Tonia Spollen-Behrens said the next year of business will be a challenging one.