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She said: “Tech companies have invested heavily in our area in recent years, creating jobs in a number of sectors, including vital construction jobs as they develop their infrastructure, data centres and offices.
“This new survey of the IT sector - carried out on behalf of the Irish Software Association - has found that technology businesses continue to grow, with 80% of respondents saying they are more confident now than they were three months ago.
“Almost all of the firms expect revenues to rise over the coming quarter, with three quarters saying they intend to increase the numbers they employ.
“This Government identified the IT and ‘big data’ sectors as having significant potential for growth in our Action Plan for Jobs, and the measures we put in place to support job creation in these areas are now clearly bearing fruit. I will continue to work closely with my colleague Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, to ensure that this momentum continues to contribute to local and national economic recovery”.