Building materials maker Gyproc Ireland is to invest €8m in Co Monaghan, creating 44 short-term jobs in the process. 

The investment is aimed at getting its quarry in Knocknacran up and running again, with the work taking place until June. 

The development will see Gyproc restart operations in the quarry, ensuring it has access to a long-term supply of gypsum rock, the mineral which is used to produce plaster and plasterboard.

The investment is not only a positive story for Monaghan, it is also good news for Cavan, as the quarry will be used to keep the company's factory in Kingscourt supplied into the future.

Gyproc has been operating in Ireland since the mid-1930s and is part of the Saint-Gobain group, which employs around 700 people in this country and about 170,000 people worldwide.

The company has been involved in many of the biggest and commercial building projects on the island of Ireland including The National Convention Centre, Titanic Belfast, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and Terminal Two at Dublin Airport.