More than 500 new jobs are to be created by a company that provides home care services for the elderly and people with a disability.
The jobs will be created around the country by the Irish-owned firm, Comfort Keepers Home Care. The company helps people to continue living at home.
Comfort Keepers is among the top companies providing home care packages funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE), but also provides services for private clients.
Managing director Bob Power said the jobs will be created over the next 12 months.
He said the company will be opening two new offices and training centres and jobs will be spread across 15 counties.
"These offices and training centres will be opened within the next month with the immediate creation of six full-time jobs and 200 carer jobs," he added.
"An additional 19 full-time and 320 carer jobs will then be created over the next nine months in existing offices."
Mr Power said the company is immediately seeking to recruit FETAC level five-trained carers in addition to care managers, HR administrators, qualified healthcare trainers and office coordinators.
The jobs will be created in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Clare, Galway, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Wicklow, Wexford, Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan.
Comfort Keepers has been one of the main companies lobbying the Department of Health to introduce regulation of the home care sector.
The company said last night that all staff are vetted and checked. Each carer logs in through a free phone number when they arrive and leave a client's house which is confirmed against the scheduled time.
It is the only only home care provider to be awarded ISO 9001, the Healthmark and the Q Mark for quality and excellence in its service provision.