McDonald's has said it is adding 800 jobs across Ireland, which will see its workforce here rise to almost 6,000.

McDonald's said the roles are being created to cater for increased capacity in restaurants in line with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

The jobs will be in restaurants around the country, including counties Carlow, Cavan, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Sligo and Westmeath.

Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar welcomed the announcement as a "welcome boost" and said as "Ireland continues on the path to a full reopening, it is extremely positive news to see companies such as McDonald's planning for expansion and growing its workforce."

Paul Pomroy, CEO McDonald's UK and Ireland, said there is no doubt the pandemic has had a huge impact on many people's employment opportunities.

He said: "Our 95 restaurants are run by 22 local franchisees, which means we have a personal stake in every one of our communities.

"It's a big responsibility, and the moves we’ve announced today reflect our commitment to continue to innovate and invest in the local communities and economies we serve."

Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said that McDonald's provides its staff with significant growth and development opportunities at all levels of its business.

He added: "McDonald's commitment to Ireland and the Irish market is as strong as ever and will continue to grow in the years ahead."