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SOME 115 research and development jobs are being created in Co Galway by one of the world's largest supplier of networking products.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended the Cisco facility in Oranmore for the announcement of a 26 million euro (£21.2 million) investment.

"The decision by Cisco to expand its research and development capabilities here in Galway demonstrates the value of economic stability and Ireland's position in Europe when it comes to our ability to attract the overseas operations of world-leading multinational companies such as Cisco," he said.

The investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Cisco said recruitment commenced late last year and is continuing in multiple product and technology areas.

The new R&D projects expand operations at the Oranmore facility into communication and collaboration software technology including enterprise and cloud enabled desktop, mobile applications, desktop virtualisation and real-time web communications.

The Cisco Galway site originally opened in 2007 and is celebrating its fifth anniversary of R&D activity in Ireland. Cisco also has a base in East Point, Dublin.

Barry O'Sullivan, senior vice-president for Cisco's global collaboration business, said: "Access to diverse top-class engineering talent and support from IDA Ireland have helped build a successful, innovative and global development capability over the last five years."