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Telecoms giant to create 100 jobs

Telecoms giant Ericsson is to create 100 high-skilled jobs in the midlands.

The software engineers will work at the company's research and development facility in Athlone.

Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton said the expansion is a great vote of confidence in Government policies.

"I am currently developing plans to further enhance our support for multinational R&D investments and to ensure that Irish firms can learn from the vast experience in this area to create the companies of the future here," he said.

Some 300 jobs were lost at Ericsson's Dublin hub in 2009.

The company's managing director in Ireland, Michael Gallagher, said the firm wants to grow its skill base. "Supported by the IDA, we have a mandate which will create new employment and will help the sustainability of local operations," he said.

ICT Ireland, a section of employers' body Ibec, welcomed the Ericsson announcement, saying Ireland is a prime location for technology investment.

Paul Sweetman, ICT Ireland director, said: "A key factor in today's announcement is the quality of software and technical skills available in Ireland. With the increasing demand, Government must ensure that Ireland continues to produce highly-skilled technology graduates.

"This can be achieved through promoting careers in the sector and developing conversion courses for graduates in non-technology fields."

Meanwhile, software company CampusIT said it plans to hire 14 people over the next two years after a 1.2 million euro investment to set up its new student interaction management product, CampusIT Interact. The extra roles brings the firm's total number of employees to 45.

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