Three separate companies have announced 48 jobs in Dublin as part of the ConnectIreland programme.

Energy consulting firm Sure Power, which is headquartered in Georgia in the United States, is to hire 25 people here as part of a planned expansion into the European market.

Helicopter leasing company Lobo Leasing is to hire 15 people for its Dublin operation, which will act as global headquarters for the Texas company.

Meanwhile PR and marketing agency Wired Island, which provides services to technology companies in the US and Europe, is to hire eight people to serve clients in Ireland.

ConnectIreland, through which these roles were announced, was established by the Government as an incentive scheme to help bring jobs to the country.

People who refer a foreign company through the programme can be rewarded between €1,500 and €150,000 for each subsequent job created by the firm in Ireland.

New York-based Donald Paynter, who referred Lobo Leasing, is set to receive €22,500 through the programme on the back of today’s jobs announcement.

According to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, 15 companies have created 346 jobs through ConnectIreland in the past two years.

The department also announced that Magni Group, which had announced 50 jobs through ConnectIreland, would now establish the roles in Mallow, Co Cork as opposed to Portarlington, Co Laois as previously planned.

The move came after the acquisition of a property “to facilitate a rapid start-up and to meet immediate demand for its product”.