An IT security company has announced the creation of 150 skilled jobs.
FireEye, a provider of software protection against web and email next-generation security threats, is to establish a technical support centre in Cork.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, whose department supported the investment through IDA Ireland, said the sector was key for the Government's plan for jobs and growth.
"Since we took office we have seen growth of over 10,000 jobs in this sector," he said.
"Today's announcement that FireEye, a leading company in security software, is establishing a strategically important operation in Cork with the creation of 150 jobs is a great boost for the city and a further indication of what is possible in this sector for Ireland.
"Through continued implementation of our plan, I am determined to ensure that we can build on the strong growth we have achieved, and create the jobs we need."
The new technical support centre for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) will be a strategic centre for FireEye and will have a central role in supporting international growth.
The 150 positions to be created will be for level one, two and three support engineers with recruitment to commence immediately.
Rob Rachwald, of FireEye, said the firm was happy to be locating in Ireland and Cork. He added: "Putting FireEye's EMEA technical support centre was an obvious choice due to the country's successful track record in technology, an existing cluster of hi-tech companies, and the availability of competent, multilingual talent."
Elsewhere, marketing software provider HubSpot has officially opened its European headquarters in Dublin with the creation of 150 jobs, which were announced last September. The office - HubSpot's first branch office - will support more than 600 customers.