Belfast Telegraph

Google to open Dublin data centre

Internet giant Google is to open a new data centre in Dublin to run its search engine, Gmail and Google Maps services.

The multinational has bought 11 acres of land and an existing building in the Profile Park in the west of the city in a 75 million euro investment.

Google said construction work will start soon on a specialised, energy-efficient data centre full of computers that will run the three main online services

Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, said the expansion was a sign of what can be achieved.

"As I have said repeatedly, the global cloud computing industry offers Ireland a massive opportunity for jobs and economic growth," he said.

"I am determined that Government will act decisively to seize that opportunity, and that is why I have established a cross-government implementation group to ensure that prompt action occurs.

"The decision by Google, one of the most important multinational companies in Ireland, to locate a state of the art data centre in Dublin is an endorsement of our policies in this area, and a sign of what is possible if we continue our focus."

The project will create more than 200 jobs during the construction, and up to 30 full-time and contractor jobs once operational. Positions at the centre will include computer technicians, electrical and mechanical engineers, and catering and security staff.

John Herlihy, head of Google Ireland, said the company was very happy to continue investing in Ireland and to build a further presence. The new data centre will be one of the most energy-efficient in Google's global fleet."

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