Amazon has unveiled plans to create over 1,000 new jobs in Ireland after opening its new 170,000 square foot office in central Dublin.

The eCommerce giant said the "highly skilled roles" will also be based in North County Dublin, Blanchardstown, and Tallaght.

Creating 1,000 new jobs doubles the growth target committed to by Amazon in 2016.

The new roles currently include software development engineers, network development engineers, data centre engineers, solutions architects, systems engineers, optical deployment engineers, security specialists, big data specialists, DevOps engineers and a range of technical management positions.

"There is an abundance of talent in Ireland which helped us to exceed our talent growth targets ahead of schedule. Ireland is a great place to do business, the country’s creative culture and diverse pool of technical skills make it an ideal location for our rapidly expanding business," said Mike Beary, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Ireland country manager.

The opening of Amazon's new Dublin base was attended by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who hailed the company’s decision to create 1,000 new jobs as "excellent news".

"The creation of these new jobs and the company's commitment to investing in research and innovation here is fundamental to maintaining Ireland's reputation as tech hub for Europe," he said.

"It is also testament to Ireland's reputation as a location for top talent and I would like to congratulate and pay tribute to the existing staff and management at Amazon in Ireland who have allowed the company to go from strength to strength here over the last 14 years."

Heather Humphreys, minister for business, enterprise and innovation, added: "The company’s continued commitment to our country will help us to power the Irish digital economy into the future, which will impact positively on our people, businesses and communities. 

"This investment supports the notion that Ireland continues to be a sustainable international destination for tech infrastructure. We are very pleased to have Amazon here and look forward to tracking their ongoing success in the years to come."

Amazon currently employs more than 2,500 staff in Ireland.