50 new roles are to be created in Kilkenny over the next five years by AB Agri Ltd, the agricultural division of Associated British Foods (ABF).

The majority of the new roles will be in software development, software engineering and data science with other roles in HR, business administration and finance.

The firm, which has operations in the retail, food and agriculture sectors, is to establish a Technology Centre in the country.

The UK company employs over 3,500 people around the world and produces and markets animal feed, nutrition and technology-based products and services in 65 countries to over 5 million customers.

Elsewhere, Extreme Networks, a software-driven networking company is to invest €3m to expand its research and development programme in Shannon. 

The investment will create 20 new jobs in engineering, data science, and software engineering over the next two years.

The company said the Government will provide further funding through a research, development, and innovation grant worth over €500,000.

Both projects are supported by the Irish government through IDA Ireland.