Waterford company Rigney Dolphin says a deal to be finalised in the US will provide up to 30 new jobs in Waterford. The company says the jobs figure is expected to rise "significantly" in the near future.

Rigney Dolphin announced that it was finalising a collaboration agreement with US Cleveland Clinic to provide a range of patient management, patient outreach and tele-health services across the US and Europe. The announcement was made during the Taoiseach's visit to Boston .

Rigney Dolphin, which is supported by Enterprise Ireland, has provided the Cleveland Clinic with a range of contact centre consultancy services over the past two years.

Rigney Dolphin's executive chairman Dr Frank Dolphin said the experience of working with a top US and global healthcare institution had been beneficial for the Irish company which began its operations in Waterford City.

Rigney Dolphin was established in 1990 and provides outsourcing services to a number of Irish and international businesses.

Netwatch begins expansion into US

Also in Boston, the Taoiseach has officially launched Irish company Netwatch in the US, attending a reception to mark the opening of its North American headquarters in Boston.

Netwatch provides remote security monitoring to businesses and private homes. It is investing more than €3m in its expansion in North America and will create 50 jobs over the next 18 months. 30 jobs will be created between its Boston and Carlow operations by the end of 2012, bringing its total employment to over 120 people.