Transport company Go-Ahead Ireland is to create 100 jobs with the development of its second bus depot in Naas, Co Kildare.

The private company is investing €4.5m in the project, which will service its commuter routes.

Go-Ahead entered the Irish market last year when it secured contracts for 24 of the existing Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area bus routes.

The company hired 425 staff to operate these routes in the capital since 2018.

All of these routes are now operated by Go-Ahead from a depot in Ballymount.

The new Naas depot will be the base for the commuter routes awarded to the company by the National Transport Authority.

The company says the new jobs will include bus drivers, engineers, maintenance and operational support, supervisors and admin personnel.

They added that while the majority will be based in Naas, there is some flexibility.

Speaking at the announcement, Ed Wills, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Ireland said: "We are delighted to expand our investment, support the economy and create jobs in Ireland. It is important for us to grow talent locally and we look forward to engaging with the communities these new routes will operate in.

"Bus driver roles are great for those who enjoy working with the public and relish being part of a busy environment," he added.

Drivers are offered comprehensive training by the company, and they have said they are eager to hear from anyone who holds a full car driving licence for two years - who meets the medical requirements - as well as experienced category D licence holders. 

The new commuter routes to be operated by Go-Ahead are:

Route 120 - Dublin to Edenderry 
Route 120c - Tullamore to Enfield 
Route 123 - Dublin to Kilmeage 
Route 124 - Dublin to Portlaoise 
Route 126 - Dublin to Newbridge (extensions to Kildare and Rathangan)