Ireland lost 200 highly qualified IT jobs to Romania due to the deficit of well prepared graduates in the IT sector, Irish Independent reads in its online edition. Intel Ireland was on the short list to obtain a project but was advanced by Romania that put forward a better offer.

Last month, Intel launched in Bucharest a research and development center for software after an investment worth several million dollars. For starters, the center will conduct research and development for the open source MeeGo platform but activities will diversify.

Intel Corporation representatives declared at the time that one of the reasons they decided to invest in Romania is that IT workers are levied of taxes. Sources in the IT industry declared that Ireland lost the jobs because it could not guarantee enough highly qualities IT graduates for the investment.

The announcement stirred up controversy and concern on the island.