Two separate companies have announced the creation of 170 jobs in Dublin and Kells, Co Meath.

Aztec Money, which specialises in linking investors to SMEs and bigger companies to provide instant cash flow, is to set up its global headquarters in Dublin with the creation of 100 jobs.

The company already employs 30 people in Dublin.

The 100 new jobs will be multilingual positions in the areas of data processing, marketing, sales and IT.

The jobs will be created over the next two years.

Meanwhile Mafic has announced 70 new manufacturing and engineering jobs for Kells in Co Meath.

Mafic is an EU-based company involved in the production of basalt fibre, with operations in Luxembourg and Canada.

It hopes to have its new Irish plant operational in Kells by September, which will create 70 new jobs over three years.

The jobs will be broadly in the areas of semi-skilled shop floor workers and managers, administrative staff and general management.

The jobs were secured for Kells through the Suceed in Ireland Initiative, which involves a "finders fee" being paid to an individual who manages to secure new jobs for Ireland from a foreign company.

In the case of these jobs Hugh Morris, an auctioneer, father-of-five and proud Meath man, was instrumental in bringing Mafic to Kells by introducing the company to the IDA managed Connect Ireland programme.

As a result of Mafic's move to Kells, Hugh Morris stands to receive up to €105,000 - a reward unit of €1,500 per job created.

Some 7,000 individuals around the country are registered to the Connect Ireland programme, who have pledged to actively seek out and create jobs.

So far, over 600 companies have been introduced to the IDA agency, and they are currently in talks with over 50 companies to locate in Ireland.