Almost 500 new jobs announced across Dublin, Cork and Limerick
Hundreds of jobs are being created in separate investments across Dublin, Cork and Limerick
Some 234 jobs will be created at Limerick IT as the college received the green light from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on its new Coonagh Campus Development.
The new development is supported by a €3.5m investment from the Department of Education and Skills.
The new jobs are broken up into two sectors with 134 positions being created in the construction phase and a further 100 full-time jobs when the campus is fully operational.
The availability of new space at Coonagh will also enable LIT to expand a range of other programmes and to provide additional sports facilities on the Northside of the city.
Elsewhere, Neopost, a French company specialising in mail and digital communications, is to take on 100 staff as it sets up an operations centre in Citywest, Dublin.
The offices will help manage 300,000 customers in 13 European countries, including Ireland.
And GE Healthcare has announced the creation of 140 jobs as it invests 40 million euro (£28.2 million) in its manufacturing plant in Carrigtwohil, Co Cork.
The medical and biopharma company, which already has 500 employees at the facility, expects the investment to double production of some of its products at the site.
GE Healthcare announced a $40m (€37.8m) investment in its manufacturing facility in Carrigtwohill in Cork which will lead to 140 new jobs.
The investment, which is supported by IDA Ireland, will double the Carrigtwohill facility’s production capacity of medical imaging contrast media - from 22.5 million to 43 million units per year.
Staff at the facility will jump to 640, up from its current headcount of 500.
Speaking at the announcement managing director of the global supply chain at GE, Paschal McCarthy, says that the expansion is to help to meet demand.
"Most importantly, this investment in our facility represents a significant vote of confidence in our people and their commitment to delivering the very best products available in the market."
Minister for jobs Richard Bruton said: "Manufacturing is a key sector which we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs. This is an area which was neglected in recent decades but we have put in place a range of measures to support growth and in recent years we have seen a strong jobs performance.
"Today’s announcement that GE Healthcare is investing $40m and creating an extra 140 jobs in Carrigtwohill is a great boost for Cork and for manufacturing in Ireland. I wish Paschal and the team every success with this project," the minister said.