Tesco Ireland has said it will create over 200 jobs over the next year by opening new stores and mobile phone shops.

The company said 80 jobs will be created by the end of this year in its previously announced €70m capital investment programme.

Last April the then CEO of Tesco Ireland, Tony Keohane, said the company would spend €70m modernising its stores and opening new ones.

The new positions include 48 jobs at new express stores in Douglas Road, Cork; College Green, Dorset Street, Leonard's Corner and Glasnevin Avenue in Dublin.

The company will create 14 jobs at new Tesco mobile phone shops in Maynooth, Tallaght, Drogheda, Clearwater, Wilton and Clare Hall.

It is also recruiting 18 graduates for its graduate and job training schemes.

Tesco said another 120 jobs will be created when new stores in Dundalk and Honeypark in Dún Laoghaire open next year.