Tech firms 'to create 400 new jobs'
Some 400 jobs are to be created with the expansion of eight separate technology companies in Ireland, it has been announced.
Bosses are looking to fill the software development, telecoms, internet, digital and social media roles in several operations in Dublin, Cork and Galway.
They include 100 jobs over the next five years at N3 Results, a sales and digital marketing firm, at their offices in the capital.
Sprout Social, social media managers, will take on 85 new staff with the opening of its second office in Dublin while software specialists SimpliVity in Cork plans to take on 70 recruits over the coming three years.
Udemy, an online learning company, said it would hire 50 people over the same period at its new operations centre in Dublin.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced the taxpayer-supported investments at an event organised by the State agency IDA.
"The creation of 400 new jobs by these digital pioneers is fantastic news for Ireland and further adds to our reputation as a location for emerging companies," he said.
Other firms who announced expansions included Boomerang Pharmaceutical, a digital marketing agency, who said 25 new roles would be based at its recently set up Dublin office.
SNP Communications in Dublin and Perseus Telecom in Galway would also take on 25 new staff each, they said.
Software provider HedgeGuard is to recruit 20 people for its international headquarters in Dublin.
Also at the announcement, jobs minister Richard Bruton said Ireland was increasingly seen as a hub for international start-ups and fast-growing emerging businesses.
"In recent years we have seen an impressive jobs performance in this area, and today's announcement that eight companies are creating an extra 400 jobs here is another great boost from these fast-growing companies," he said.