One hundred full-time jobs are expected to be created when two new motorway service stations are constructed by fuel and convenience retailer Topaz.

Construction of the sites on the M8 in Co Laois and M9 in Co Carlow will involve an investment of around €8m.

One of the stations will be located at Junction 3 on the Dublin-Cork motorway (M8) near Ballacolla in Co Laois.

The other will be situated at Junction 5 on the Dublin-Waterford motorway (M9) in Co Carlow.

Work on the site in Co Laois will begin in January.

A planning application has been submitted for the Co Carlow site and work is expected to begin next summer, if granted permission.

Another 200 people will be employed during the construction phase of both sites.