Scooter company Bird has announced plans to begin operations in Ireland once laws have been passed to make electric scooters legal on Irish roads.

The micro mobility company also said it plans to invest $150m in its business across Europe.

This investment will be used to develop operations in over 50 European locations, including here in Ireland.

This includes Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway, as well as smaller cities and larger towns. 

"Everyone at Bird is really excited about this significant investment we're making in our European business and the progress Ireland is making towards shared micro mobility," said Charlotte Bailey, General Manager of Bird UK and Ireland.

As part of its expansion, Irishman Brendan O’Driscoll has joined its executive team as Global Head of Product.

Mr O’Driscoll was a founder of music app Soundwave which was bought by Spotify in 2016.

"Once legislation is passed in Ireland, promoting e-scooter access and encouraging routine micro mobility use will absolutely critical as we slowly lift pandemic restrictions and businesses begin to reopen," he said.

The firm said it is in discussions with local authorities and transport operators around its launch.

Ahead of its launch here Bird has also simplified its pricing structure and introduced new passes.

The developments come as a host of electric scooter firms prepare to ramp up operations here.