A Dublin call centre and four Irish food companies look set to create 184 jobs in Ireland.
Business outsourcing company Stream Global Services has announced plans to expand its Irish workforce with 50 permanent positions.
The call centre for video games systems has also said that it will create openings for 200 seasonal staff at hubs in Swords and Santry.
Meanwhile, 134 jobs will be created in the Irish food sector across three different companies as part of almost €9m investment programmes supported by Enterprise Ireland.
Monaghan-based ready meal manufacturer Swift Fine Foods will be advertising for 53 jobs in Castleblayney.
Green Farm Foods, a producer of cooked meat products will create 30 jobs at its site in Rathowen, Co Westmeath
Meanwhile, Kildare’s O'Brien Fine Foods, will be creating 51 new jobs in Timahoe.
Despite the high number of Irish people leaving the country for employment, and 400,000 of those that have stayed still unemployed, Minister Bruton said that the development is “key to our action plan for jobs.”
Speaking on RTE radio this morning, he said that the firms involved are “Irish indigenous companies that are exploiting the opportunities in world markets”.
“They are all family companies who have demonstrated their position even in a difficult period in the markets. It is really important that we create an indigenous engine of growth to build our Irish companies, their ambitions and their capacities.”
While recognising that the announcement “doesn’t provide a solution to the [employment] problem”, “it does prove that the path we’re following is the correct one”, said the minister.