One hundred new jobs are to be created in Galway by an American technology company.

SmartBear is to establish its European headquarters in the city.

The company, which makes software for software developers, has thousands of customers across the world.

Its products are used to develop applications and to ensure they run smoothly across multiple platforms.

The company's new European headquarters will open in Ireland in the coming months.

Roles in sales, marketing, finance and software development will be filled over a five-year period.

The technology sector is seen by Government as a key growth area for creating employment.

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has described the announcement as a significant boost for the west.

IDA Ireland said the company's decision was further proof of Galway's attractiveness for tech companies.

Meanwhile, IT project management company Daysha Consulting has announced an investment of €1.5m to support the expansion of its business.

The investment will result in the creation of 15 jobs over the next 12 months, bringing the total team to 40.

The new jobs are for IT project management experts, business analysts and technical architects and will be mainly based in Dublin.

The company said the the investment is coming from retained earnings and bank finance.

Daysha provides IT programme and project management services to clients such as IBM, Zurich Insurance, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and Enterprise Ireland. It expects to see 25% revenue growth in 2014.

Elsewhere fashion retailer TK Maxx has said it will create over 90 new jobs at its latest Irish store, opening today in the Ilac Shopping Centre on Henry Street in Dublin.

Commenting on the new Ilac Centre store, manager Sharon Harkin said: "We are very excited to be opening the new store and bringing shoppers at The Ilac Shopping Centre big savings on all their favourite brands."