Management group creates 100 jobs
Global management consultancy Accenture is to create 100 high-skilled jobs over the next four years.
The company is taking on both graduates and experienced staff to work in its new research, development and innovation centre in Dublin.
The recruits will have analytical and statistics experience ranging from PhD to graduate level.
The move is being backed by the IDA Ireland, whose chief Barry O'Leary said the country is developing a reputation as a global hub for analytics.
"These strategically important investments are testament to the talent and expertise available in Ireland, the pro-business environment and Ireland's strong track record in attracting knowledge-based and technology investments," Mr O'Leary said.
Mark Ryan, managing director of Accenture in Ireland, said the announcement "marks another milestone in the ongoing development of Accenture in Ireland".
Accenture employs 1,300 people in Ireland. Other centres in the analytics network are located in Bangalore, Chicago, Milan, Mumbai, New Delhi and San Jose, California, with others across the world planned.
Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe said the Accenture jobs showed Government investment in research was vital for recovery: "The creation of 100 jobs in Accenture's new analytics innovation centre demonstrates that the Government's approach to investing in our research and development capacity is the right one for economic recovery.
"Investment in research and development underpins indigenous industry, strengthens our foreign-owned multinational corporation base and creates high-quality knowledge-based jobs that can outlast shifts in economic trends," Mr O'Keeffe said.
The minister added that 600 million euro is being invested annually in research and development.