92 jobs have been announced today in the areas of seafood processing and marine research.

The jobs, where were announced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin today, have come about from two investment programmes in marine and ocean research.

A €3.5m investment under the Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme, administered by Bord Iascaigh Mhara, will generate 64 jobs.

Funding of €2m has also been made available for an International SmartOcean Graduate Programme to provide funding for 28 research posts.

The programme was created in collaboration between the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology, the Marine Institute, five Irish universities and key multinationals and SME ICT companies.

Ireland's international shipping services sector has continued to grow in recent times, underpinned by investments from companies such as Arklow Shipping and the Mainport Group, as well as investments by D'Amico and Ardmore Shipping.

Separately Ethiad Airlines said it would start a recruitment drive in Ireland next month to fill 100 positions.

The airline has had a Dublin to Abu Dhabi route since 2007 and operates 10 flights from the Irish capital a week.

80 jobs to be created in Belfast by IT company

Meanwhile in Belfast more than 80 jobs are to be created at an IT solutions company. Kainos, a Northern Irish company, is expanding its headquarters in the city.

The new roles are being created over the next three years with planned positions in sales, software engineering and project management.

Kainos has offices in Dublin, London and Gdansk, but its headquarters are in Belfast, where it employs 180 people.

The company is one of Northern Ireland's largest locally owned, high-tech companies. It provides IT consultancy services to a range of industries, including the public sector and financial services firms.

The expansion is being supported by Invest Northern Ireland.