Topaz and McDonald's creating 330 jobs...
Two new motorway service stations in Carlow and Fermoy are set to open this year, creating hundreds of jobs in the process.
Topaz and McDonald's will employ 230 staff once the two stations are up-and-running, with an additional 100 workers required during the construction phase.
The new service stations will be located at Junction 5 on the M9 Dublin/Waterford Road in County Carlow and Junction 14 on the M8, Fermoy, County Cork.
The Carlow station will open in March, while the Fermoy development is set for completion this autumn.
Topaz managing director Niall Anderton said:
"The Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Waterford routes are two of the busiest routes in Ireland, and we are excited to announce this development of two new full-service stations to serve Irish motorists.
"The development represents a very significant investment by Topaz, and we are also delighted to be able to bring a large number of jobs to both Cork and Carlow.
“Featuring our game-changing Re.Store shop and deli concept along with our Mexican taqueria cantina, we are continuing to bring an unparalleled customer experience to Irish motorists.
“Today’s announcement is a key milestone in the continued expansion of our retail network and we have no doubt it will be a tremendous benefit and service to commuters, tourists, locals, and passers-by.”