Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the announcement of more than 300 new jobs today is another expression of confidence in the country.
The Taoiseach said the expansion at computer software company SAP has contributed to Ireland’s growing reputation as a global hub for the digital industry.
Some 150 jobs will be created over the next three years within its services, sales and global support functions at Citywest in Dublin, with 100 posts at its newly-created cloud services and support centre in Galway.
Both projects are supported by the Government through IDA Ireland.
Mr Kenny said: “SAP is the largest software company in Europe and the third largest software company in the world and its decision to further expand its Irish operations demonstrates the real value of an economically stable business environment and Ireland’s position in Europe when it comes to attracting the overseas operations of major technology companies like SAP.
“I wish SAP every success with both these expansions and offer the continued support of the Irish Government into the future.”
SAP Ireland was established in 1997 and already employs 1,200 people between its two sites.
Liam Ryan, managing director, said Ireland has provided a highly-skilled and innovative workforce.
“Today’s announcement is all about gearing SAP up for the company’s next wave of technology innovation to meet business needs in the areas of cloud computing, mobile applications and high-performing database technology,” he said.
Barry O’Leary, of IDA Ireland, said SAP is a key player in the cluster of world-leading technology companies based in Ireland.
“Seventy per cent of the world economy’s transactions touch a SAP system in some way, shape or form and the company’s investment in services, sales and support activities in Galway and Dublin will build considerable new capabilities in their respective teams,” he said.
“This expansion drive will help support major growth in customer demand in the emerging technology areas of cloud computing, mobile applications and high-performing database technology.”
Meanwhile a new casino development in North Dublin will create 50 jobs according to the developers and 15 people are to be hired by the hearing specialist Bonavox.