A British energy company has announced that it intends to create 100 jobs as part of a €500m investment in Ireland.

SSE says the jobs will support the growth of its business over the next 12 months.

The company says it expects that 600 separate construction jobs will also be created through energy projects and windfarms.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended the announcement in Dublin this afternoon. Mr Kenny said it was a sign of the confidence and certainty that companies have in Ireland.

He said secure energy supplies were important to the country.

The Taoiseach added that there were ongoing bilateral discussions with the British government regarding energy requirements over the coming years.

Gregor Alexander, Finance Director of SSE and its Lead Director for Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is part of SSE’s long-term commitment to Ireland, serving customers, employing people, and providing a sustainable, secure and competitive supply of energy to power our rapidly growing energy supply business, Airtricity."