Mechanical and electrical engineering contracting firm Kirby Group has announced the creation of 30 jobs in its Limerick operations.  

Founded in 1964, Kirby Group is an Irish-owned international multi-disciplinary engineering services contractor.

The company has grown from 10 workers in 1987 to over 600 today, with operations in Limerick, Dublin, Galway, the UK and Europe. 

Another 250 people are employed by sub-contract partners. 

The company said it start filling the 30 new positions immediately.

The new posts are for a variety of engineering and construction roles including project management, site management and quantity surveying.

Kirby Group has already hired 30 new staff since the start of the year after continued strong growth in its Irish and UK business. Turnover for 2014 is expected to increase by 20% from €90m in 2013, which grew from €64m in 2012.

The new jobs were announced today during a visit by Finance Minister Michael Noonan to mark the expansion of the group's Limerick office.

The company's group managing director Fergus Frawley said that the strong growth that Kirby has experienced in recent years is continuing in 2014. 

"We are continuing to secure significant new business wins both in Ireland and the UK. On the back of this, we will are continuing our recruitment drive for experienced engineering talent. We are proud to be playing our part in answering Ireland's job creation needs," Mr Frawley added.