Insurance company Aviva has described as 'premature' speculation about job losses at the company. The company says that no final decision has been made.

It says that, given the difficult economic environment in Ireland, it is considering various options to ensure it has a sustainable and competitive business. But Aviva says its review is still going on, and it is too early to speculate on the final outcome.

More than 2,000 people work for the company in Ireland.

Jobs boosts for Dublin and Offaly

Indian firm HCL Technologies is creating 80 jobs in Dublin over the next three years for IT graduates.

40 new jobs have also been announced for County Offaly - at McDonald International's manufacturing operation in Tullamore.

HCL's new software delivery centre in Dublin will service the growing number of the company's clients in the financial services, insurance and healthcare industries.

IDA Ireland's chief executive Barry O'Leary said the the company had been a major target since the setting up of an IDA office in India.

'This project is a strategic win for Ireland. HCL is one of the biggest brand names in the Indian IT sector and IDA is confident that this will be catalyst for further projects from Indian multinationals companies to establish operations in Ireland,' he added.