Two firms have given Cork a jobs boost with plans to hire 140 workers.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said call centre provider Voxpro has already started filling its 100 positions while meat processing company Kepak Group has 40 new posts on top of 60 jobs recently taken.
Voxpro is recruiting multilingual, technical positions that will see its workforce increase to 330 within the next three months.
Mr Kenny said the jobs announcement, supported by Enterprise Ireland, is great news for Cork and the local economy. "The Government is transforming Ireland into a competitive, enterprise-focused economy which is helping companies like Voxpro to expand and grow," he said.
When Dan Kiely, chief executive, set up the indigenous company 14 years ago with his wife Linda they employed six people. "Today, we are Ireland's leading provider of 24/7 technical customer management in business process outsourcing, operating in 12 languages to over 300 indigenous and global organisations, and we continue to expand at a rapid pace," Mr Kiely said.
Simon Coveney, agriculture, food and marine minister, welcomed the expansion at Kepak consumer food facility in Watergrasshill, Co Cork.
"I am pleased to announce that this is projected to grow by a further 40 during 2013 thanks to the success of the Kepak Cork team in developing highly innovative meat products to serve the retail and consumer food markets," he said.
The Kepak Group, which employs almost 600 people in Cork, supplies ready chilled meat packs to the Musgrave Group's SuperValu and Centra stores and processes a range of slow-cooked own label and branded meats.
Meanwhile, the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (Siptu) condemned the way in which workers at Curragh Carpets in Newbridge, Co Kildare, were told the company was to close with 60 job losses.
Siptu organiser Miriam Hamilton said generations of families have worked at the facility which has been in operation for more than 70 years. "The closure of this long-established manufacturing plant has left the workers and their families in a state of shock," she said.