Again, as the breakdown by area was unavailable, it was difficult to count this within the general dataset.While the announcement provides some hope for non-Galway areas in Connacht, it still is a rather disappointing result for the West.Belfast also took up a considerable chunk, with 10pc of all new jobs being based in the Northern Irish city.Cork and Limerick presented with similar numbers, with 7.5pc and 7pc of all jobs announced, respectively.Tech behemoth Microsoft provided 600 new positions in Dublin, placing it firmly in second place.
The most significant was the news of 200 roles for IT professionals created by financial services company Met Life.
Some of the largest jobs announcements of the year bulked out the 12-month total, with 2,915 of the year’s jobs being spread over just six announcements.
In first place, we had a stunning 650 jobs revealed in Cork by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, 450 of which were construction positions, as part of a €300m expansion.
A total of 2,078 jobs were announced in Ulster, 1,505 of which were based in Belfast (72pc).
This is roughly consistent with the number of jobs reported last year, with one key difference being that a smaller percentage of the jobs were concentrated in Belfast (85pc in 2016).