IRELAND has secured 260 new jobs with major investments by internet giants Yahoo and McAfee for Dublin and Cork.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed the jobs as he toured California as part of his St Patrick's Day trip to the US.
"Ireland continues to win new investment from global companies like McAfee and Yahoo and it is another positive step on Ireland's journey towards economic recovery," he told the Irish Independent.
"Also, I was very happy to hear from Marissa Mayer (Yahoo CEO) of the quality of the CVs and the talent coming in terms of applications to join the Yahoo group."
Both companies anticipate major developments in customer support, product demand and specialist IT security over the next five years.
The two investment projects, estimated to be worth €20m-plus, have been supported by the IDA.
Yahoo will create 200 positions at its Dublin offices, focused in the areas of technology support, finance, market development and customer support.
The new roles will effectively double the size of Yahoo's Irish operation.
Meanwhile, in Cork, internet security firm McAfee, which is owned by Intel, is to create 60 jobs as it expands its workforce to 300.
Almost all the jobs will involve graduate recruits, mostly with software engineering qualifications.