DUBLIN, Ireland - McDonald's will hire an additional 800 employees in Ireland.
The new hirings will raise its workforce in Ireland to some 6,000 employees.
McDonald's said the new employees are needed to keep up with the increasing customer demand following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
The new employees will be hired for McDonald's locations around the country, including in counties Carlow, Cavan, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Sligo and Westmeath.
Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar described McDonald's announcement as a "welcome boost" and said as "Ireland continues on the path to a full reopening, it is extremely positive news to see companies, such as McDonald's, planning for expansion and growing its workforce."
Noting the impact the end of lockdowns has had on customer demand, Paul Pomroy, CEO McDonald's UK and Ireland, said "Our 95 restaurants are run by 22 local franchisees, which means we have a personal stake in every one of our communities.
"It's a big responsibility, and the moves we've announced today reflect our commitment to continue to innovate and invest in the local communities and economies we serve."
Ibec CEO Danny McCoy added, "McDonald's commitment to Ireland and the Irish market is as strong as ever and will continue to grow in the years ahead."