More than 200 new jobs are to be created across four companies in counties Dublin, Limerick and Carlow.
Online retailer Amazon today announced plans to hire about 100 new staff to work at its development centre in Dublin.
The company said it was seeking to recruit support engineers, systems engineers, network engineers, software developers and technical managers. The roles are to be filled before Christmas.
The development centre opened in 2005 and relocated to its current offices in Kilmainham two years ago.
The centre is home to engineers and developers who support the design and deployment of Amazon websites as well as technical assistance staff providing advice on Amazon services such as CloudFront, Amazon RDS and Amazon DynamoDB.
“Dublin has proven to be an excellent location for finding the top talent we need to support our continued growth and we are delighted to be expanding here,” said Paul Conlon, managing director of the Amazon development centre in Dublin.
Separately, Limerick based software developer Action Point Technology today said it planned to hire 50 new staff between now and 2014 as part of an expansion plan.The company designed the autocue system used by US President Barack Obama during live television speeches. The system has also been used on programmes such as the MTV music Awards, American Idol and Dancing with Stars.
Seven of the positions are currently being filled and recruitment of a further 30 staff is to begin immediately. Action Point Technology also has offices in Dublin and Cork.
Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced the creation of 40 new jobs at Irish start-up company BuyersClub.ie.
The firm, which helps small Irish producers to sell their products online at competitive prices, will fill the posts in the next 12 to 18 months. It is run by PDQ Distribution Ltd and based in Blanchardstown, Dublin.
Elsewhere, global healthcare firm MSD is making a seven million euro investment at its Carlow facility with the creation of 20 new jobs. The contract-based posts in engineering, automation and project management will be added to the 146 workers already on site.
MSD employs 2,300 people in Ireland across eight sites in Cork, Dublin, Wicklow, Tipperary and Carlow, where €2.2 billion has been invested in the last five years. The Carlow plant manufactures vaccines and biological products for a range of areas including rheumatology and oncology.