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Financial services firm Grant Thornton is creating 250 new roles in Dublin

The positions will be in the area of tax, audit and financial advisory.

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FIRM Grant Thornton has announced the creation of 250 new job positions in Dublin.

The majority of these will be in its new Centre of Excellence, which launches today.

The firm, which provides financial advisory and accounting services, says that its new centre of excellence is “unique in the Irish market”.

Minister of State for Financial Services, Eoghan Murphy, said that the initiative creating 250 jobs “is one that will benefit businesses at a time of strong growth in the Irish economy”.

He added that the announcement is in keeping with the government’s aim to “promote Ireland as a global centre for specialisation and innovation in financial services”.

The centre will provide a range of services for financial compliance and reporting across Europe, Asia and Latin America, and the positions will be made available in the company’s tax, audit and advisory departments.

The company says it is increasing its Irish footprint to meet demand in the sector.

All positions are permanent and recruitment is set to be concluded within the next 18 months.

In the wake of Brexit, the government is keen to attract more financial services to Ireland.

After the UK’s vote to leave the EU last year, the number of jobs in the Irish financial sector jumped by almost 62%.

Boston Consulting Group, which advises a number of Fortune 500 companies, suggested that nearly a fifth of all the jobs in London’s financial district could be shifted to other European cities, with Dublin and Frankfurt earmarked as possible locations to benefit.

However, another report has suggested that Ireland is ill-equipped to deal with the number of firms possibly looking to relocate to the Republic.

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