MORE than 170 jobs will be created at two companies that suffered major job losses during the economic downturn
Computer giant Dell, which slashed its workforce by more than 1,900 two years ago, will create 150 highly skilled IT jobs in Dublin and Limerick over the next two years.
The Limerick-based computer maker announced the graduate positions as part of a €68m global investment in its software operations.
And more than 20 new jobs are to be created in Kerry by a service industry company that let 60 people go just two weeks ago.
Fexco has been awarded a government contract to make certificates of Irish heritage available to up to 70 million people of Irish descent worldwide from next autumn.
The Dell jobs will be located at the US company's first Cloud Research and Development Centre, located in Cherrywood in south Dublin, and at a new Dell Solution Centre on its Limerick campus.
Dell said the IDA-supported investment will help customers move to cloud computing -- the use of files and computer applications over the internet -- "more efficiently".
IDA chief executive Barry O'Leary said attracting high-end services and cloud investments was a critical element of the agency's strategy.
Meanwhile, it is not yet known if any of those affected by the recent redundancies at Fexco will be employed to work on the new heritage contract.
However, the electronic payment company confirmed that all of the positions will be based in Kerry.