A global software security firm is to hire 20 new workers before the end of the year, it was announced today.
Lumension, which develops software to help firms protect their computer data, established a global research and development centre in Galway last October with the intention of creating 30 jobs.
However, the firm has now met that target and expects to employ 20 more workers by the end of the year bringing the total workforce to 50.
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’Keeffe described Lumension’s expansion plans as "very encouraging for Ireland’s information communications technology sector".
"Eight of the world’s top 10 technology firms are based in Ireland so Lumension’s decision to hire more highly skilled workers for its research and development centre fits well with the Government’s focus on innovation and high-tech industries.
"The Galway operation is a key component of Lumension’s global activities and the software engineers should be very proud of their role in helping the firm to exceed its growth targets.
"This is another example for the global investor community that Ireland can outperform our competitors in attracting and retaining multinationals and then helping them to develop their businesses."
Lumension’s director of research and development, Ciaran Kelly, said: "We are excited to be growing our Irish operation so rapidly less than a year after we established the facility.
"We are delighted to have assembled an excellent team of highly skilled software engineers in Galway in such a relatively short timeframe.
"Their contribution to Lumension's product suite has resulted in the confidence to grow the Galway research and development centre capabilities.
"We look forward to continuing our success in Ireland, working closely with business partners and IDA Ireland."
Welcoming the announcement, the chief executive of IDA Ireland, Barry O’Leary, said: "I am delighted Lumension has exceeded its growth plan for Ireland and continues to expand in Galway.
"Today’s decision shows the company’s confidence in its Galway operation as a key part of its global research and development activities."