More than 250 jobs have been announced across Ireland involving a range of technology and sports companies.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said that 185 jobs are to be created in Dublin and Wexford in five US companies and one European-based high growth company.

The jobs are spread across a number of sectors including technology, business analytics and medical devices.

NuoDB is opening its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) development centre in Dublin as well as a new office in Belfast.

It plans to recruit a number of developers, engineers and tech support professionals in Europe over the next three years, including 50 in Dublin and 20 in Belfast.

Megatransfert SAS, a French financial technology company is creating 20 jobs. It specialises in micropayments via prepaid cards and e-money solutions.

Thirty jobs are being created by Artisan Infrastructure, which has announced it is to establish its EMEA headquarters in Dublin.

Meanwhile, 30 jobs are being created by DataClarity over two years in Dublin in an ICT capacity.

Medical device manufacturer CRI is creating 25 jobs over the next three years at its Wexford facility, while 30 jobs have been announced by New York-based Modern Marketing Concepts, which is establishing its EMEA headquarters in Sandyford in Dublin.

The investments are support by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Mr Bruton said that targeting high-growth emerging companies is a key part of the Government's Action Plan for Jobs and that six fast-growing young companies are creating jobs in Ireland helps confirm the jobs strategy is working.

Meanwhile, Sports retailer Elverys Intersport is creating 40 jobs across the group.

Elverys has 55 stores nationwide and the group said it is investing €1.5m across its retail network and online platform over the course of the year.

This includes a complete refit of its Blanchardstown, Sligo and Arklow stores, the opening of a new store in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin and the development of a new online platform.

Elsewhere, 29 new jobs have been announced at Smarter Surfaces, which sells products that can turn any surface into a functional white board.

The company, which was founded in 2012 and was known as Smart Wall Paint, said that all of the new jobs will be filled by June 2017, bringing the total number at the company to 44.

The new jobs will focus mainly on international sales, channel management and e-commerce.

Today's news comes as the company said it has signed a number of new distribution deals worth about €6m over the next two years.

This will see Smarter Surfaces expand to over 30 countries including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Brazil, Chile, Panama, Australia, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. 

The company also has a strong presence in Ireland, with the likes of Dublin Web Summit, Google, LinkedIn and SAP using its products.