40 new highly-skilled jobs are to be created in the Connemara Gaeltacht.

Cambus Medical is investing €1.9 million in expanding its facility in An Spidéal, and the medical device company plans to employ over 170 people by the end of this year.

The 40 new jobs will be in the fields of engineering, quality, manufacturing, customer operations and administration.

Cambus Medical provides precision hypotubes, speciality needles and metal micro-component solutions to the medical device industry, with customers in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

Funding for the expansion of the Spiddal facility was approved by the board of Údaras na Gaeltachta as part of the Government's Covid-19 Jobs Stimulus Package.

The Minister with responsibility for the Gaeltacht Catherine Martin has welcomed news of the expansion, and says Cambus Medical continues to provide valuable sustainable employment in the Spiddal area.

She says it's proof of what can be achieved on the West coast of Ireland with targeted State support.

Cambus Medical was established by two local enterpreneurs - Barry Comerford and John Farragher in 2006 and has since grown its customer base significantly, in Ireland and overseas.

In 2013, the company entered into a strategic partnership with Freudenberg Medical, a global leader in manufacturing in the medical device sector.