US online auction giant eBay has announced the creation of 450 new jobs in Dundalk, Co Louth. The new jobs are being supported by IDA Ireland.
Last year a subsidiary of eBay, PayPal, announced the creation of 1,000 jobs at its Dundalk facility.
EBay and PayPal currently employ over 2,300 at their facilities in Blanchardstown, Dublin and in Dundalk.
The new jobs at Dundalk will be within eBay's customer services team.
''Ireland is a centre of excellence for our global customer experience function and the country provides a highly-skilled workforce for eBay with the required technical and language skills, an attractive research environment and proven track record on delivery,'' commented eBay's Gary Hagel.
At the jobs announcement, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton noted that for every job created by a multinational company in Ireland, about one extra job is also created elsewhere in the domestic economy.
''Key to the Government's plans for jobs and growth is seeking to attract more jobs and investment from the strong base of world leading multinationals we have built in Ireland,'' he added.
''The scale of the investment in a key regional location is a strategic win for Ireland and it demonstrates the confidence a global leader such as eBay has in Ireland's skills availability and business environment,'' commented IDA Ireland's chief executive Barry O'Leary.
EBay first established its Irish operations in 2003. Its operations here provide a variety of support functions to its growing customer base across the European, Middle East and African regions.