Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced 145 jobs at a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Co Galway.

The jobs will come on stream over the next three years at C & F Green Energy in Cashla, outside Athenry.

A number of orders have already been placed with the company for the domestic, UK and European markets.

The 145 jobs will be in the commercial manufacturing of new small wind turbines, designed to power farms, factories and residential dwellings.

The Taoiseach said Enterprise Ireland had made a significant investment in the company and was providing employment grants to support the new jobs.

He said the project will give a substantial push to Ireland's green economy.

Managing Director of C & F Green Energy John Flaherty said the products being manufactured would service a growing worldwide market in the renewable energy sector.

The company is part of the C & F Group founded by businessmen Michael Carr and John Flaherty in 1989.

It now employs over 1,000 people in Ireland, the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic, China and the Philippines.

Mr Kenny also opened a €40m engineering building at NUI Galway. The four-storey education and research facility will accommodate over 1,000 students.

Meanwhile, Irish Organic Weedkiller has announced it is to create 20 new jobs with the opening of its factory today in Claregalway, Co Galway.

The Irish Organic Weedkiller factory was officially opened by Presidential candidate Sean Gallagher at Claregalway Corporate Park.