Thai takeaway chain Camile Thai has announced it is to create 220 jobs in Ireland this year.

The company, which is opening 15 new outlets, is also to create 80 further roles in the UK. 

The chain said the expansion has been fuelled by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

"Despite an extremely difficult year for the hospitality sector, for Camile 2020 has seen rapid growth," said founder Brody Sweeney. 

"Our suburban, delivery focused model has proven to be pandemic proof in the last 11 months, not least in terms of revenue and sales." 

"This has enabled us to not only push forward with our aggressive expansion plans, but also to prematurely move ahead with our main goal - our tech pivot." 

The new positions will be in retail, business development, marketing, sales, and cookery. 

Among the new locations in Ireland will be The Point Village in Dublin, the new Frascati Centre in Blackrock, as well as other locations in Waterford, Mayo, Dublin, and Cork.

Camile Thai currently has 35 outlets across the two countries. 

The firm, set up in 2010 by Mr Sweeney, is also aiming to raise €10m to invest in technology. 

Among the tech-driven innovations it is currently involved in developing, are kitchen automation using robotics and drone-based delivery. 

Mr Sweeney said the firm sees tech playing an incremental role in food preparation, user experience and delivery. 

The company is also rolling out further its flexible franchise options for businesses that have commercial kitchens that are not being fully used in regional towns. 

The first of these "franchise as a service" outlets opened in Sligo recently. 

The concept is aimed at helping restaurants, bars and hotels, which cannot open to in-house dining due to Covid-19 restrictions, to quickly begin offering its menu. 

Camile Thai plans to open up to six more in the medium term.