IDA announces new jobs for Dublin and Waterford

A good day for foreign direct investment...

The IDA has revealed that hundreds of new jobs are set to be created at companies they've brought to Ireland this morning.

The 215 positions will be spread across nine companies from North America and Europe.

Microelectronics firm Endura Technologies has confirmed it will add 40 engineers to its Irish operations by the end of 2018.

Tech start-up Smartfrog is also set to hire 35 employees at its Dublin office.

MacStadium, which offers services for Apple users, is creating 35 IT over the next three years at its international headquarters in the capital.

Software company Cloudbeds plans to take on 20 new people over the next two years.

Colorado-based company Emergenetics is set to open its European and Middle Eastern HQ in Ireland, creating 20 positions in Dublin's IFSC.

Chicago telecoms firm Telnyx is in the process of hiring 20 people for its new Dublin office, while Compar AG in Waterford, and Paragon 28 and TPGS in Dublin have all revealed they are taking on 15 staff.

Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor said it shows Ireland continues to attract investment from major international businesses:

"Ireland has been very successful in attracting investment projects from many of the big international players across a range of sectors.

"We intend to be just as successful in securing investment from the rising generation of early stage, high growth companies as well. It is terrific news that this group of companies, who are at the forefront of their technologies have decided to locate in Ireland and I look forward to their future expansion here."  

Taoiseach Enda Kenny commented:

"The Government remain strongly focused on employment and on the implementation of our annual Action Plan for Jobs. Earlier this week the Cabinet signed off on the Third Quarterly Report on the Action Plan for Jobs 2016. Under the Action Plan 176,000 new jobs have been created. I would like to thank the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and her officials for the hard work they are undertaking."

Ireland's ability to attract foreign direct investment is considered crucial to our economic success in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

However, the North's First Minister Arlene Foster accused the Republic last week of poaching business from the six counties.