The internet company eBay, which has its international headquarters in Dublin, is to increase its workforce in Ireland by more than one third.

The company, which established in Ireland in 2003, says it is to employ a further 300 people in an expansion of its operations here.

Hiring at eBay will begin immediately with positions being offered to graduates and non-graduates with foreign languages. There will be jobs in customer support and financial processing as well as in finance, compliance and senior management.

The company is promising generous salaries and stock options. Many of the new employees will work at a new building eBay has just leased in Blanchardstown, west Dublin.

When the company opened its international headquarters in Blanchardstown, it was a major win for the IDA in its efforts to bring household name web companies to the country.

The following year, eBay's European Customer Support Centre was opened bringing employment at eBay and its secure internet payments affiliate, Paypal, to more than 900.

Unusually in the multinational sector, today's jobs announcement is not being grant supported by the IDA. The announcement comes a day after Wyeth Medica said it was letting 250 of its staff go in Co Kildare.

The online auction site, eBay, is one of the best known brands on the internet with more than 180 million users and almost 80 million items to bid on at any one time.

124 new jobs for Limerick

124 jobs are to be created at the Vistakon plant at the National Technology Park in Limerick.

Vistakon, which manufactures disposable contact lenses, employs 500 in Limerick and is part of the giant Johnson and Johnson Group. 

It employs 2,000 people at seven plants in Dublin, Cork, Cashel and Limerick. 

The new jobs at the Limerick plant come as a result of a €100 million investment in next generation products in the disposable soft lenses market.

The jobs are aimed at the high quality research and development area.