Technology services expansion to bring 300 jobs
MORE THAN 300 new jobs are in the pipeline in the thriving technology sector
IBM said it will create "several hundred jobs" at a global services division in Dublin, but did not say how many positions would be created or when.
However, the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) said there are likely to be between 200 and 300 highly skilled positions on offer in two to three years.
It is understood that at least three job announcements of a similar scale are to be signed off within the next two months.
IBM has already begun recruiting staff to fill legal, financial, IT and management roles for a new Global Services Integration Hub.
The positions are for highly skilled graduates at its existing campus in Mulhuddart in Dublin. They will provide software services to commercial clients around the world.
IDA chief executive Barry O'Leary said this could involve anything from developing software for big pharmaceutical businesses to providing traffic light management, water control or transport software systems for government clients.
He said one of the chief reasons companies are investing here is the availability of skilled labour.
The corporation tax rate was also important as well as EU membership and use of the English language.
It is estimated that around 90,000 people are working in the ICT (information and communications technology) industry here.
IBM is one of the biggest employers in the country and has a workforce of over 3,000 in research and software development and services divisions in Dublin, Cork and Galway.
Meanwhile, the Tir Gan Ean House Hotel in Doolin, Co Clare, which closed last year under another operator, is set to create 15 jobs.
And 50 staff employed at The Penthouse Casino and Card Club in Swords, Dublin, began work last night when the casino and private members' club opened its doors.
KaiRo International, the international company behind the new venture has invested €2m to date and plans to create another 20 jobs over the next six months.
However, 50 staff at Glanbia will be fighting for their jobs after the company announced plans to close a plant at Inch in Wexford.
SIPTU will meet management on Monday in a bid to save the jobs.