Belfast Telegraph

Enda Kenny hails creation of 320 new jobs by 'digital pioneers'

Some 320 jobs are being created by six North American firms.

Considered high growth companies by enterprise chiefs, Taoiseach Enda Kenny made the investment announcements at a special event at the City Hall in Dublin after opting not to attend the Web Summit networking conference.

The biggest jobs boost comes from Squarespace, an all-in-one website publishing platform, which is to hire 160 new staff over three years, taking its workforce in the capital to 275 by the end of 2018.

Over the same time 50 jobs will be created by, an online entrepreneurial business course provider h eadquartered in Austin, Texas, which will base its g lobal support and technology development centre in Ireland.

Thirty jobs will be announced by each of three other firms - San Francisco software company Asana; New York-headquartered stock video company Pond5; and network connectivity firm Wave2Wave, which will open its international headquarters in Dublin.

The smallest jobs boost will see Primary Integration open a new office in Dublin, with the company expecting to create 20 new roles by the end of next year for project managers and commissioning engineers.

The investments are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The new jobs will include positions for software development and engineering, business development and sales, finance and operations and multilingual customer support.

Mr Kenny said: "The creation of 320 new jobs by these digital pioneers is fantastic news for Ireland and further adds to our reputation as a location for emerging companies. These companies join Ireland's thriving technology sector which continues to go from strength to strength.

"The Government's priority is to keep the recovery going through job creation and continuing to provide a great environment for high-growth companies to expand."

The Government was represented at the Web Summit by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton as it enjoys its last year in the RDS and moves to Lisbon following a very public fallout with founder Paddy Cosgrave over logistics, WiFi issues, traffic management and general engagement.

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