15th Jun 2015

Facebook’s total employment in Ireland to hit 1,000 with new data centre

Facebook’s total employment in Ireland is set to hit 1,000 after an announcement of a second European data centre in County Meath data centre will be Facebook’s second in Europe, and one of only five worldwide, putting Ireland at the epicentre of the tech giant’s European data opeations and a major player globally.

The move will make the social media giant one of Ireland’s biggest tech employers and represents a near-doubling in its Irish base over the last year as revenue and profits grow.

The new centre will be built near Clonee, close to the Meath-Dublin border.

Facebook recently moved into a bigger building in Dublin’s “Silicon Docks” and now employs over 900 people there.

“Similar investments by Facebook have typically led to an economic impact in the order of hundreds of millions of euros, with thousands of jobs supported,” said a spokesman for Facebook.

Ireland is seen as a favourable location within Europe to locate data-centric activities.

“Facebook’s existing relationship with Ireland is extremely strong and extensive in scope, but the news that the company wants to build its second European data centre in a regional location such as Meath will cement the relationship even further,” said Martin Shanahan, chief executive of IDA Ireland.

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