Software company SAP is to expand its operations in Ireland with the creation of 250 jobs in Dublin and Galway.

The German multinational is investing €110m in the IDA Ireland-supported initiative.

The company is the largest software company in Europe and the third largest in the world.

It opened its first Irish facility in 1997 and currently employs 1,200 people in Ireland.

Two-thirds of the workforce are in Citywest in Dublin, where a further 150 jobs are to be created in sales and services.

While in Galway, 100 new positions are being advertised for the company's newly created Cloud Services and Support Centre, as part of the investment.

Both projects are being supported by the IDA.

Managing Director at SAP Ireland Liam Ryan said the investment is about gearing up for the next wave of technology innovation, especially in the areas of cloud computing mobile applications and database technology.

Hearing aid retailer to create 15 jobs

Hearing aid retailer Bonavox has announced a recruitment drive to add 15 people to its workforce over the next 12 months.

The company said the expansion plan will see the opening of two new locations in Dublin. Its employee numbers will rise to 26.

The company has been in business for over 45 years and is based in North Earl Street in the city centre.

It provides advice and treatment for hearing loss, tinnitus, earwax removal, ear-moulds fittings, and rapid hearing aid repairs.