Sunday 25 June 2017

Adrian Weckler: Let's just agree to call it Googletown, shall we?

Google in Dublin at the Grand Canal. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Google in Dublin at the Grand Canal. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Should we just go ahead and rename the Grand Canal Docks 'Googletown'?

If the web giant proceeds with plans to lease yet another building in Dublin's docklands, it will be on the way to 7,000 employees in the capital. That's bigger than almost anyone else in the country, bar semi-State outfits, retail and fast food chains.

For Ireland, Google's expansion plans come at an unusually sensitive time. All eyes are nervously fixed on the biggest tech multinationals here for two reasons - the EU's €13bn tax ruling against Apple and the Trump presidency.

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