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JAPANESE-OWNED manufacturing group Goodman Medical Ireland is planning to expand its workforce by more than 100 employees in Galway over the next five years.

Goodman's new jobs are part of a €1.1m investment by the company here.

The new positions will be in manufacturing, sales and marketing, and research and development, and are supported by IDA Ireland.

Goodman Medical Ireland was set up in 2004 and employs 56 staff who manufacture cardiology products such as catheters and bare-metal stents.

The Galway plant will become the firm's sales and marketing centre for Goodman's Europe, Middle East and Africa region.