The Aviva insurance company is to hire 50 additional staff as part of an expansion of its operations in Galway.

The company operates a contact and claims centre in the Knocknacarra area of the city. 

Aviva said the positions in the claims handling, call centre and digital services sectors will be filled between now and the end of the year.

The company already employs 300 people in the city, and said the expansion forms part of a continuing effort to enhance its online services.

"So far this year, we've taken on 35 new employees and the additional 50 roles we are announcing today will help us build on the excellent customer service we are providing out of Galway," commented Michelle White, Chief Operating Officer for Aviva General Insurance.

"In addition, we are developing our digital hub in Knocknacarra as we seek to become the easiest insurer for our customers to do business with," she added.