OVER 150 jobs are to be created in Galway by the US multinational Merit Medical.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to make the official announcement today at the opening of a €20m facility in Parkmore as part of an IDA supported investment.

Merit, which manufactures medical devices for use in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, currently employs 379 people at their Galway plant.

The company has been in the city for the last 16 years.

Over a third of the new jobs are aimed at graduates and the positions will be in operations support, manufacturing and research and development.