A leading information and communications technology solutions provider is doubling its Irish workforce with 50 new jobs.
Huawei announced the opening of a new research and development (R&D) centre spread across two sites in Cork city and Dublin.
"Today's announcement that they are opening a new research and development centre creating an additional 50 new jobs in Ireland is very welcome," he said.
"International information and communications technology R&D is a key sector in the action plan for jobs, and in the past 18 months we have implemented a number of changes to support expansion and job creation in this sector."
The new centre will initially focus on Huawei's next generation customer experience management product, SmartCare, supporting the company in providing customer services to telecoms operators in Ireland and internationally.
Future expansion at the sites is expected. The initiative is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
Derek Ding, managing director of Huawei Ireland, said the expansion shows a significant commitment to Ireland over the next three years, with many more highly-skilled jobs to be created.
"Cork and Dublin were chosen for their well-educated, skilled workforce offering the high-quality of talent needed," he added. "The recruitment process has already begun and 12 positions have already been filled."
Huawei first established its Irish sales office in 2004 and employs more than 140,000 people globally, including 40 people in Ireland. Customers include Eircom, O2 Ireland, BT Ireland, VDF Ireland, and H3G Ireland.