Construction work is getting underway on the Center Parcs holiday village in Co Longford.
Leo Varadkar attended a sod turning ceremony at the site in Ballymahon.
The 400-acre development by the UK-based company is expected to cost €233 million, and the completed site will have space for up to 2,500 guests when it opens in summer 2019.
The facility will include as many as 470 lodges and 30 apartments, and more than 100 indoor and outdoor activities.
Speaking about the development, Leo Varadkar said: "The Government is very conscious that Longford has faced economic challenges, but the tide is turning.
Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs, added: "We have reached a key milestone as construction of Center Parcs Longford Forest begins in earnest.
Center Parcs suggests around 750 jobs will be created during construction, as well as up to 1,000 permanent jobs when the facility is completed.
He said contracts for the building of over 450 lodges and central buildings on the 395-acre site at Newcastle Wood were in train, with a formal announcement expected before the end of the year.
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|No of jobs:||750 Construction;1,000 Permanent|
|Jobs take effect:||next year|