Health services provider Legato Health Technologies is to create an additional 80 posts at its Limerick facility.

It brings to 200 the total number of staff which the company expects to employ by the summer of next year.

It anticipates that it will have completed the recruitment of an initial tranche of 120 staff, which it announced since it arrived in the Irish market last September, in the coming months.

Legato, which has an R&D (research and development) facility at the National Technology Park in Limerick, applies advanced data science and engineering technologies to solve complex problems to improve healthcare.

It describes itself as developing AI (artificial intelligence) and data-analytics solutions to identify interventions that will enable people live healthier and longer lives.

The company is currently recruiting software engineers while the additional posts announced today will be across software engineering and data science.

The company's investment in Limerick is supported by the Government through IDA Ireland.

"We've had a really good start to life in Limerick and that’s down to two specific reasons. One is the exciting opportunity we are giving to people to join us and apply their skills with a company whose purpose is all about making a difference to human health and healthcare," John Patrick Shaw, Country Head, Legato Health Technologies Ireland said.

"We have exciting growth plans here and, from a standing start of last September, we are now heading to 200 associates next year following today’s commitment. That’s a trajectory we intend to continue," he added.