Irish financial services firm Carne Group is to create 250 jobs over the next three years as it expands its offices in Kilkenny and opens a new one in Wexford.
Founded in 2004 by John Donohoe, Carne is the largest independent provider of services to fund management companies in Ireland.
The firm currently has over 500 clients and operates ten offices in Ireland, the US, Luxembourg and the UK.
It currently employs over 220 people, but now plans to add a further 250 staff.
Fifty roles will be filled immediately at a new financial services centre in Wexford, with the other 200 to be added over the next three years in the new office and its existing facility in Kilkenny, where 50 staff already work.
The positions will be for highly skilled financial services and IT professionals across a wide range of disciplines.
These include risk management, compliance, IT development, IT architecture, data mining and cyber security.
The investment is supported by the Government through Enterprise Ireland, both of which have welcomed the news.
The company says the expansion is being driven by greater regulation and increasing demand from investors for independent oversight of assets.
Meanwhile, a company which made the protective space suit worn by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong for the moon landings in 1969 has officially opened a new manufacturing facility in Co Cork and is set to create a total of 70 jobs.
ILC Dover has already filled 30 roles at the new manufacturing facility which will produce flexible containment solutions for the pharmaceutical industry at the Blarney Business Park.