Healthcare company Legato Health Technologies is to establish a new research and development hub in Limerick city.

The new facility will lead to the creation of 60 jobs over the next six months in areas including data science and artificial intelligence.

The company said its new workers in Limerick will build and iterate applications and AI solutions to make healthcare simple, affordable and accessible for its clients.

The company said that with its "innovative" open office space Limerick's National Technology Park along with hybrid work arrangements, its workers will be able to make the most of the work/life balance Limerick and the Mid-West have to offer.

The Limerick project is supported by IDA Ireland.

President of Legato Health Technologies Rajat Puri said that the company is looking for talent who want to work on the types of projects that will make an impact.

"Not only are we investing in the people we hire but the city and we are also proud to be able to bring the culture of Ireland to our global team," he added.

Martin Shanahan, the chief executive of IDA Ireland, said that Legato’s decision to establish its R&D hub in Limerick is most welcome.

"IDA client companies based in the Mid-West benefit from the region's highly skilled and talented workforce. IDA Ireland remains committed to winning jobs and investments in regional locations," he added.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said the Mid-West has a strong talent pool which will allow Legato's new hub to thrive.

"Firms like Legato are vital to the future of global healthcare, and I wish them every success for the future both in the Irish market and abroad," Mr Varadkar added.