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Friday 22 September 2017

Microsoft to create 380 construction jobs in Dublin data centre expansion

Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

MICROSOFT is to create 380 construction-related jobs as it expands its data centre in Dublin, it announced today.

The company said the €170m expansion to its Europe, Middle East and Africa mega datacentre will be completed in the Spring.

Construction has already begun and will create 380 building related jobs.

The company said an additional 20 people will join the team of approximately 80 already based in the existing facility at Clondalkin

This is the second expansion to the Clondalkin facility, bringing the total investment to €594m.

Tanaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore said Ireland could become the Cloud Centre of Excellence and the country of choice for datacentre investments.

“Microsoft contributed greatly to this strategy when it chose Ireland as the home for its first mega datacentre outside of the United States,” Mr Gilmore said. 

“We realised that the factors that influenced that decision were key differentiators that could also attract further investors.”

Cathriona Hallahan, Microsoft Ireland Managing Director, said the expansion is evidence of the continued demand for Microsoft’s cloud services such as Office 365, Bing, Skype, Xbox Live, and the Windows Azure platform across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“As the demand for these Cloud-based services continues to grow we are investing to meet our customers’ needs,” she said.

“Not only does this highlight the growth in our cloud services business but it also highlights our continued commitment to investment and innovation in Ireland and Europe. “

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton also welcomed the announcement.

“Big data is a sector which offers great potential for Ireland, and which we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs. In recent years we have seen some major announcements in this sector.”

Irish Independent

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