350 new jobs are to be created in Sligo by Irish outsourcing firm Abtran.

The company already employs over 2,000 people in Cork, Dublin and Kildare as well as in southern India. 

The new regional operations centre will be located in a high-tech facility at Finisklin Business Park in Sligo which will be up and running by this Autumn. 

Established in 1997, Abtran is a specialist provider of services in sectors including government, transport, utilities and financial services. 

The company said the new jobs form part of its regional expansion strategy where the northwest of the country has been selected for the location of a major new operations hub.

Pat Ryan, CEO of Abtran, said the company had engaged in a detailed process where potential locations were reviewed and assessed in consultation with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, said Abtran is a great example of how an Irish business, with a blueprint for services innovation, can successfully accelerate and rapidly scale its business in international markets. 

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys said that Abtran's continuous innovation, market leadership and investment in high-quality resources have made this indigenous Irish business deeply competitive. 

 Sligo Fianna Fail deputy Marc McSharry told Midwest News today that it's a great jobs boost for the North West and said great credit to Abtran for recognising the potential of the region.

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