A company which provides out-sourced services to the private and public sectors in Ireland, Britain and Europe has announced the creation of 150 new jobs at Clonakilty in West Cork.

SouthWestern provides finance, human resources and customer relations management services and already employs 600 people between its bases here and in Poland.

SouthWestern can trace its origins to Bandon in the late 1950s, to a company which was set up to manage the cattle breeding needs of the local farming community in West Cork.

Today the company employs 450 people in Clonakilty, with a further 150 people in Poland, serving customers across Ireland, Britain and Europe. SouthWestern provides business process out-sourcing - the kind of activities which public and private sector companies traditionally did themselves, but are now happy to buy in.

SouthWestern's ability to grow in Ireland and internationally is what is underpinning today's announcement of a further 150 jobs in West Cork, coupled with a €3.5m investment in research and technology.

Enterprise Ireland is contributing to that investment because of the potential for the company to create more jobs here by expanding abroad.

CityPost to create 180 new jobs nationwide

Independent postal services company CityPost has today announced the creation of 180 new jobs over the next 18 months.

The jobs will be based primarily at its headquarters in Ballymount in Dublin but also at its 32 regional handling centres nationwide. The new jobs will be mainly mail sorting, delivery and collection, operations and administration roles.

The group currently employs 188 staff in Ireland. The announcement by the company to effectively double its workforce in 18 months comes following recent expansion and a number of high profile contract wins in the last six months.