IDA hopes Twitter will fly the nest and set up European office here
Published 17/12/2010 | 05:00
THE State jobs agency is desperately attempting to woo social networking site Twitter to set up shop in Ireland, the Irish Independent has learned.
Executives from the IDA and Twitter have met on several occasions in the past year in a bid to convince the company to establish its European HQ or sales office here.
Twitter will decide next year where to locate its European base.
Company representatives have also visited London with a view to setting up a major UK office.
However, sources last night said they were confident our 12.5pc corporation tax and the fact that Dublin was already a base for other social networking and technology firms gave Ireland the edge over the UK.
"The IDA has pitched Ireland to Twitter and is hopeful the company will choose Ireland as a base for all or some of its European operations," one source told the Irish Independent.
The IDA also sponsored a web summit, which was held in Trinity College, Dublin, in October, that was attended by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and the agency's chief executive Barry O'Leary.