A technology company has announced the creation of 250 jobs at its new R&D centre in Dublin.

Veritas Technologies, a data protection and management company, plans to double its workforce by the end of 2019.

The new centre in Blanchardstown was officially opened by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this morning.

Veritas says its recruitment drive will focus on development roles from new graduate positions to senior level executives.

130 of the new roles will be filled within the next year.

Veritas chief executive Bill Coleman

The company also says it wants to create close links with universities in Ireland and will launch an internship graduate programme next year.

Veritas chief executive Bill Coleman said: "Our latest research shows that 56% of organisations have a cloud first mentality but are struggling with how to protect their data, gain visibility and extract maximum value while staying compliant".

The aim of the new centre is going to focus on solving these challenges, he said.