Chinese technology firm Huawei is to create 110 new jobs in Ireland by the end of next year, as part of a continued expansion in the country.

It has also announced a further €80m investment in research and development here. That is in addition to the €60m investment it announced in 2019.

Huawei already employs around 480 people here. Its Irish base is based in Dublin, though it also has operations in Cork and Athlone.

"Huawei has a long-term commitment to Ireland, where since 2004 we have built a world-class team servicing our ever-growing consumer and enterprise customer bases," said Huawei Ireland chief executive Tony Yangxu. 

"Today's announcement is testament to the strength of those, as well as the ongoing success of our research and development programme, to which we committed €70 million in 2019."

"This is a welcome investment by Huawei which will add substantially to Ireland’s technology and R&D ecosystem" said IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan.

"The company’s continued commitment to significant investments in R&D and creating high value jobs demonstrates Huawei’s confidence in Ireland and the talent pool available here."

"Despite all the current uncertainty and challenges, Ireland continues to attract top class investment from global technology companies," said Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar.

Huawei makes a range of consumer products, including smartphones, as well as network equipment for the telecoms industry.

In recent years it has been embroiled in a row between the US and China over accusations that it was providing Chinese security services access to data and communications.

Huawei has consistently denied the claim, however the US ultimately banned the use of Huawei technology - including its use in 5G networks. 

The US also encouraged its allies to follow suit, with some banning the company and others restricting the ways its technology could be used.