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Computer giant Hewlett Packard to create 100 new jobs in Galway

Niall O'Connor In Palo Alto, California

Published 05/06/2014 | 15:36

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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Prime Minister of Ireland (C), speaks with John Hinshaw (R) Executive Vice President of Technology & Operations for Hewlett Packard and Martin Murphy (L) of Hewlett Packard Ireland at the company's headquarters office in Palo Alto, California on June 05, 2014. Today, Hewlett Packard extends its investment in its Galway-based cloud services facility bringing more jobs to the area. (Photo/Josh Edelson for IDA)
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny (C), speaks with John Hinshaw (R) Executive Vice President of Technology & Operations for Hewlett Packard and Martin Murphy (L) of Hewlett Packard Ireland at the company's headquarters office in Palo Alto, California Credit: Josh Edelson

COMPUTER Giant Hewlett Packard is to create 100 new jobs at a new facility in Ballybrit, Co Galway.

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The company made the announcement ahead of a visit to its US headquarters in Palo Alto, Califronia, by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

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.

Mr Kenny today described the announcement as a significant boost to the ICT sector in Ireland.

“HP has consistently invested in and believed in Ireland over the past forty years. Today, the company is one of Ireland’s most valued investors and one of our foremost creators of highly skilled R&D jobs," he said.

" ICT is a sector which we have specifically targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs and we have put in place measures to support jobs growth in this area. As a government, we are determined to keep making the changes to support further growth in the coming years," he added.

The IDA said the move represents a vote of confidence in Ireland as a place to invest.

"HP has been one of the largest and most significant investors in Ireland Inc, for the past 40 years,” according to CEO Barry O’Leary.

 “Today’s announcement is another vote of confidence in Ireland’s ability to both provide and attract a strong technical workforce.”

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