Galway-based companies Supermac's and the Só Hotels Group have announced the creation of 300 new jobs.
Owned by Pat and Una McDonagh, Supermacs is to open 3 new outlets this year in Wexford, Waterford and Kinnegad with the creation of 200 new jobs.
The company currently has 116 outlets across the country.
100 further jobs will be created through the redevelopment and refurbishment of the Athlone Springs Hotel, the Castle Oaks Hotel in Limerick and the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise, which are part of the Só Hotel group also owned by the McDonaghs.
The Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys is today announcing the creation of 300 jobs, and has congratuled Pat & Una McDonagh on their achievements, saying it's especially pleasing to see an Irish company creating local jobs.