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Microsoft to take on 600 more staff in Dublin expansion

Computer giant Microsoft is to create 600 jobs in Dublin.

The expansion of operations at its Sandyford campus takes its workforce in the capital to about 1,800 with new staff taken on mainly in sales roles.

The investment follows 500 roles being announced midweek for job recruitment site Indeed and on the back of a major blow in Kildare with HP Inc set to shut down its facility in Leixlip with the loss several hundred jobs.

Dublin will now host one of Microsoft's four international sales centres as it takes on 500 sales staff and another 100 in various divisions including finance and engineering.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was at the announcement in Sandyford.

"Ireland and Microsoft have enjoyed a long and prosperous history since their establishment in Ireland in 1985 and I'm delighted that this relationship continues to bloom with the announcement of 600 new jobs in Dublin," he said.

"The Government has worked hard in recent years to make Ireland an even more attractive place to invest and growth substantial European operations. Today's announcement underlines the strong commitment of Microsoft to its Irish operation and the strength of leadership of its Irish management team."

The expansion is supported by IDA Ireland.

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