US games firm to create 200 jobs in Galway
A US games company has announced plans create 200 jobs at a state-of-the-art customer service centre in Galway.
Staff at BioWare's first facility outside of North America will provide 24-hour support for the award-winning online game Star Wars: The Old Republic, to be launched in December.
Elsewhere, consulting group PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will take on 250 people for its annual graduate recruitment programme, while another 40 professionals will fill strategic roles across the firm.
And Twitter announced it will to set up an international office in Dublin, though it is not known how many jobs the investment will create.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the 200 jobs in Galway - added to 200 jobs previously announced by BioWare Ireland, a division of Electronic Arts - was more than an employment boost.
"It will also assist in our efforts to grow the digital media industry in Ireland and in particular the gaming sector," he said.
"I firmly believe that Irish people excel at creative industries. The blend of imagination and entrepreneurship is a natural advantage of the Irish when it comes to working in industries such as gaming."
PwC said while most of its positions will be at its Dublin office at Spencer Dock, places are also available in Cork, Limerick, Galway, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford.
Ronan Murphy, senior partner, maintained the level of recruitment is a reflection of client needs and the demand for our services.
"We are continuing to work with our clients, adding value to their businesses and, at the same time, ensuring our people have rewarding and successful careers," he added.
Meanwhile Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said Twitter's announcement to join Facebook, Yahoo! and Google in the Irish capital was a "massive win" for the country.
The announcement was made on a tweet by IDA Ireland, reading: "Ireland is trending. Twitter to establish international office in Dublin."
Mr Bruton noted other big players in the internet sphere had started off small in Ireland and gone on to become huge employers.
"Twitter is one of the most exciting and fastest-growing companies in the world," he said.
"Today's announcement that it is to establish an international office in Ireland is a massive win, and shows there is real ground for Ireland's claim to be the internet capital of Europe.
"It also shows that, despite our difficulties, we still have real strengths as an economy, and it is important to acknowledge that.
"The challenge now is to build on our strengths and the presence in Ireland of the world-leading companies like Twitter to build an indigenous engine of growth and get people back to work."