Global IT company EMC has announced the creation of 200 jobs in Cork.

The company is to open a new office at Citygate in Mahon as part of a €100m investment.

The jobs are in engineering, customer support, sales, finance, research and development and IT.

EMC opened a manufacturing plant at Ovens outside Cork in 1988 and has since grown to become a world leader in IT; specialising in cloud computing and data analytics.

The company currently employs about 3,000 people in Ireland and exports to more than 140 countries worldwide.

Its Cork operation has broadened from manufacturing to include critical areas of research and development and product development.

The announcement was made by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton with EMC President David Goulden.

Mr Kenny welcomed the jobs, saying: "The addition of 200 high-value jobs in Cork will be another boost for the region as we continue on the road to economic recovery."

Mr Bruton said: "A key part of the Government's plans for jobs and growth is targeting growth in the ICT sector and, in the two years since we have taken office, we have seen substantial increases in employment in this sector."

The new project has been supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.