TAOISEACH Enda Kenny praised Hewlett Packard Ireland for its continued commitment to creating new jobs as he visited an extension which is under way at its Galway plant.
There will be more than 200 construction jobs involved in the development of the new 89,000 sq ft office building at Ballybrit in the east of Galway city.
The new building will concentrate on software research and development, cloud technology and business services and will have a capacity of 700 staff.
Mr Kenny said the extension was evidence of HP's commitment to continuing and developing its operations in this country. "This is a vote of confidence in HP's Irish operations and is a welcome signal of the company's commitment to the area.
"HP was one of the first multinational tech companies to come here, and Ireland has since gone from strength to strength," he said.
Mark Gantly, managing director of HP Galway, said the company had a long association with the region.
"With this investment, HP is redefining its future in Galway for the next 40 years," he said.