NEARLY 200 permanent jobs and another 200 seasonal positions have been announced.
Fifty of the 184 permanent roles are being created at business outsourcing company Stream Global Services in Dublin, which is also recruiting for 200 seasonal jobs.
The US-headquartered firm is taking on staff at its Santry and Swords offices, in part to help man a call centre that will service technical queries relating to a major video game.
Stream has had a long-standing presence in the north of Dublin. It provides outsourcing services to some of the world's largest companies.
The other 134 permanent jobs are being created at three separate food businesses, supported by €9m worth of funding from Enterprise Ireland.
Monaghan-based ready meal manufacturer Swift Fine Foods is looking for 53 new employees in Castleblayney, while Green Farm Foods is creating 30 jobs at its site in Rathowen, Co Westmeath.
In Kildare, O'Brien Fine Foods has announced 51 new jobs at its operation in Timahoe.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the announcement proves "the path we're following is the correct one", while recognising that the announcement "doesn't provide a solution to the (unemployment) problem".
Around 300,700 people are still unemployed.