The multinational insurance company Aviva says it has started a new recruitment drive for more than 200 new jobs in Galway.

Aviva had announced several hundred redundancies in Ireland earlier this year,

The 220 positions are advertised in local Galway media, recruitment sites and on the Aviva Ireland website.

The new staff will be located in Aviva's existing facility, in the Galway West Business Park in Knocknacarra.

Aviva says that the Galway facility is to become a new Aviva global centre of excellence.

It will service both new claims and direct sales for both the Irish and UK markets.

Aviva Ireland spokesperson Gráinne Mackin said: "We are delighted to commence the recruitment process for these 220 new positions in Galway.

Gráinne Mackin said "our new Centre of Excellence in Galway will place our expanded Knocknacarra team at the centre of our UK and Ireland operations.

She said "this is a significant step forward in achieving our longer term vision for the business in Ireland."

Yesterday, the insurer announced that it plans to exit 16 non-core business areas internationally.

It also announced senior management changes following a major strategic review of the group.

Aviva said in a statement: "16 segments that are currently producing or will prospectively produce returns below the group's required return ... will be exited."

These included its South Korea operation and small Italian partnerships.

The statement said "we are putting in place a management structure to achieve the required improvements in performance." 

A search is presently under way to replace CEO Andrew Moss who left his post in May.