Minister says 300 new jobs for Tipperary is a "gamechanger"

Alan Kelly has denied these are election sweeteners

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Environment Minister Alan Kelly in the press centre in Government Buildings | Image: Rollingnews.ie

Up to 300 jobs are coming to Nenagh in Co Tipperary.

Technology and solutions firm First Data plans to establish a Research and Development centre in the town.

The centre, which will be operational in early 2017, will centralise work on a number of the company's technology platforms.

The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: "Having met with the CEO of First Data in May, I am delighted to warmly welcome this announcement of 300 new jobs, which is great news for Nenagh, County Tipperary and the Mid-West Region".

While Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, who met First Data in the United States on trade missions on a number of occasions, said: "Today's announcement that First Data, a world-leading technology company, is establishing a high-end facility in Nenagh, with the creation of 300 extra jobs, is a massive boost. I wish Tom and all the team every success".

Local TD and Environment Minister Alan Kelly told Newstalk Breakfast the jobs should be in place by the end of this year.