ALMOST 80 jobs have been created at a crisp factory and amusement park in Co Meath.
Ray Coyle, founder of Largo Foods and Tayto Park, said he is expanding both sites on the outskirts of Ashbourne taking his workforce to 798.
The firm, which makes the Tayto brand as well as Hunky Dorys, King and Perri, opened a 55-acre Tayto-themed attraction in 2010.
Mr Coyle said: "Little did I envisage four years ago when we started building Tayto Park that in two short years we would have welcomed 750,000 people to Tayto Park and all because people showed some interest in the bison we kept in the same field.
"We have spent €15m to date in developing Tayto Park and will spend another €2.1m this year.
"We see this as an investment, not only in this great Irish family attraction, but also in the people who work here."
Taoiseach Enda Kenny welcomed the jobs boost as he toured the site.
"Ireland's food industry is a vital part of our domestic economy and is central to our export-orientated recovery," he added.
Mr Kenny later opened the Fleetmatics Group's new global headquarters at Cookstown in Tallaght, Dublin.
The firm, which provides fleet management solutions for small and medium-sized fleet businesses, supports 17,000 customers worldwide to track and manage vehicles.
Jim Travers, chief executive, said Ireland was the birthplace of the company, which employs 50 people in Cookstown, including 35 software developers.
It hopes to create another 15 new jobs.
"The vision and work ethic that power the dynamic growth of Fleetmatics come directly from our Irish heritage," said Mr Travers.
"Its influence drives both product innovation and our sales growth. It is this Irish sensibility that allowed Fleetmatics to successfully focus on helping the small and mid-sized business owner, when so many others have tried and failed."
Fleetmatics also operates offices in the UK, at Reading, the US, including Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Tampa, Charlotte and Phoenix.
In Northern Ireland, an international legal services firm has announced the creation of between 30 and 40 new jobs.
The high end posts are expected to be filled within the next six months, with the potential for further new jobs to be created towards the end of the year.
The company, Axiom, will be increasing the capacity of its Centre of Excellence in Belfast city centre by opening a new 3,000sq ft office across two floors of the Scottish Provident Building.
The expansion has been announced almost one year since the office first opened in February last year.
Axiom currently employs 1,000 people globally, serving almost half of the Fortune 100 companies.