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Tuesday 16 September 2014

US giant Yelp to create over 100 jobs in Dublin

Niall O Connor

Published 06/06/2014 | 02:30

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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks with Hewlett Packard executives at the company's headquarters office in Palo Alto, California yesterday. Photo: Josh Edelson
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks with Hewlett Packard executives at the company's headquarters office in Palo Alto, California yesterday. Photo: Josh Edelson

A MAJOR online business firm has chosen Dublin as the base for its new European headquarters, the Irish Independent has learned.

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Yelp, which specialises in business reviews, will today announce the creation of over 100 new jobs in the capital.

The decision to base its European headquarters in Dublin was described as "landmark" by the company, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

The news will come as a boost to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who has been forced to address a range of domestic issues during his three-day visit to the west coast of America.

"Ireland is an attractive destination for this expansion as it provides Yelp with access to a diverse population that is well educated, proficient in a number of European languages and tech savvy," a spokesman for the firm said.

Recruitment for the positions – which range from sales and finance to engineering – will begin immediately.

The Taoiseach said that attracting new companies to Ireland is a crucial part of the Government's recovery plan.

"My visit here this week is all about cementing and reinforcing existing relationships as well as building new connections with a view to securing investment for Ireland," Mr Kenny said.

Yelp is a California-based company that specialises in providing extensive online reviews of different businesses. The company says it offers customers an "online urban guide" and business review site.

The announcement was made on the third and final day of Mr Kenny's trade mission to the west coast.

He has held meetings with executives from a number of multinational giants including Apple, Facebook and Hewlett Packard.

Yesterday, HP announced that it is to create 100 additional jobs at a new office in Ballybrit, Co Galway.

The jobs will be created in the cloud services area and will be filled next year following the completion of the new state-of-the-art facility.

Speaking at the HQ headquarters in San Alto, Mr Kenny said the office will be up in running by spring next year.

"This is a vote of confidence in Ireland and Ireland's young people, they (HP) are very happy with the quality of the candidates that they get," he said.

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