Up to 130 jobs are to created with the opening of a new nursing home in Dublin later this month, but there are to be job losses in the south-east and in the Gaeltacht.

Cara Care Centre in Northwood Park in Santry is recruiting for a range of positions, including nurses, care assistants, receptionists, kitchen and housekeeping for its 103 bed facility.

The TLC group already employs more than 350 people in nursing homes in Straffan, Co Kildare, and CityWest in Dublin. The company also has plans for new homes in Blanchardstown and Killiney.

Jobs to be lost in Gaeltacht and south-east

Culleton Insurances, one of the largest independent insurance brokers in Ireland, is closing seven of its eight sales outlets with the sale of its retail business to 123.ie. The branches closing are Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Athy, Gorey, New Ross and Enniscorthy. It is expected that there will be at least 25 redundancies.

130 jobs have been lost in various Gaeltacht regions, following the closure of Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta, a partnership company involved in implementing various rural and Gaeltacht schemes and grants. It is understood that a decision was taken by the board of MFG to terminate the company, due to high levels of overspending and debt in the company.

Staff say they first heard the news on radio, and have yet to receive written confirmation of the decision to terminate their employment. MFG was operating in seven Gaeltacht regions.