36 jobs are to be created over the next three years at Gallagher's Bakery in Ardara, Co Donegal.

The Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Eamon O Cuiv, announced grant aid of over €780,000 to the company from Udaras na Gaeltachta.

He said this will assist the company in expanding its business through enhanced product development.

It is expected that 36 new jobs will be created, bringing the number of employees from 171 to 207 over the next three years.

Meanwhile, a Co Tipperary-based technology firm says a new deal with agri-business firm Dairygold and other imminent signings will help it boost its workforce.

Mobile computer technology company VisionID in Clonmel has just completed a €250,000 deal to provide Dairygold Agri stores with Motorola handheld computers and wireless infrastructure which will track and trace all stock in their 39 agri-business outlets throughout Munster.

The company currently employs 16 staff and hopes to increase this by the end of the year.