Over 50 jobs will be created with the opening of new stores in Kildare and Cork.

30 of those jobs will be created with the opening of a new Argos shop in Naas, Co Kildare.

The store is due to open on 4 June. The shop is the first Argos store in Co Kildare. The chain has 40 branches in Ireland.

The company said it had received over 800 job applications for the 30 positions, all of which have now been filled.

Meanwhile, Boots pharmacy has opened its 60th store in Ireland in Blackpool, Co Cork, with the creation of 21 jobs.

‘We are committed to seeking opportunities for expansion in Ireland and have plans to open up to a further ten new stores in the country over the next year,’ said Debbie Smith, Managing Director, Boots Ireland.