TAOISEACH Enda Kenny tried on Google’s latest technology during a visit to their European HQ in Dublin this afternoon.
He was officially opening the €5.5m ‘The Foundry’ – Google’s first Digital Innovation Centre in Europe.
The tech giant has also been celebrating ten years in Ireland.
Speaking at the event, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “Dublin's Digital Docklands continues to grow in size and stature. In the ten short years since Google opened operations in Ireland, the rise of Ireland's digital sector has transformed an industry which now supports almost 95,000 jobs in the Irish economy.
“Today's establishment by Google of its Digital Innovation Centre here in Dublin is strategically significant. It will draw companies from across Europe to Dublin and will enhance Ireland’s reputation as the Internet Capital of Europe.”
John Herlihy, head of Google in Ireland said: “Strategically it makes sense to locate our Digital Innovation Centre in Ireland where we can leverage the incredible wealth of knowledge and skills within our own organisation and can share that with entrepreneurs, and established companies from all over Europe.
“Learning about digital, gaining new ideas and sharing their own stories can change the way businesses think in the new digital age. The Foundry will become the incubator for this exchange of knowledge”.
Google employs over 2,500 people at its Dublin base.