Telecoms giant to create 100 jobs
Telecoms giant Ericsson is to create 100 high-skilled jobs in the midlands.
The software engineers will work at the company's research and development facility in Athlone.
Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton said the expansion was a great vote of confidence in Government policies.
"I am currently developing plans to further enhance our support for multinational R&D investments and to ensure that Irish firms can learn from the vast experience in this area to create the companies of the future here," he said.
Some 300 jobs were lost at Ericsson's Dublin hub in 2009.
The company's managing director in Ireland, Michael Gallagher, said they wanted to grow their skill base.
"Supported by the IDA, we have a mandate which will create new employment and will help the sustainability of local operations," he said.
IDA Ireland chief Barry O'Leary said the jobs boost reflects the quality of the workforce.
"The addition of 100 highly skilled jobs to the Midlands Gateway is very welcome news by a leading technology company such as Ericcson and this emphasises the quality of the skilled workforce available and the pro-business environment here," he said.
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