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Friday 23 August 2019

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg promises 'several hundred' new jobs for Ireland

Tech giant CEO in meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Credit: Kevin Doyle
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Credit: Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle in California

Facebook is to create “several hundred” new jobs in Ireland next year.

The tech giant CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed there will a substantial jobs boost “in the higher end of the hundreds” during a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today.

Ireland is home to Facebook’s largest office outside of Silicon Valley, employing 2,200 people in Dublin and Cork.

It is understood most of the new jobs will be in Dublin which is home to the social media company’s international headquarters.

Speaking after his meeting with Mr Zuckerberg and other executives, Mr Varadkar said: “They have confirmed they are going to expand their operations in Ireland.

“That was very positive announcement that Facebook is very committed to Ireland, very happy with their operations in Ireland, and are going to increase their employment levels and roles in Ireland by several hundred next year.”

When Facebook opened its first offices in Ireland in 2009 it employed just 30 people.

The jobs come on top of a recent announcement that Facebook are expanding a data centre in Clonee, Co Meath.

Mr Varadkar said the jobs would be “expanding on existing facilities”.

“They indicated that there will be several hundred additional roles in Ireland next year. We weren’t able to disclose the exact figure but it’s certainly in the higher end of the hundreds,” he said.

Gareth Lambe, Head of Facebook Ireland said: "As the home of our international headquarters, Ireland is an important part of Facebook’s story and one of the most vibrant tech communities in the world.

"We are delighted that our Irish operations will be growing in 2018 with hundreds more jobs across all our teams. We also recently announced that we are expanding the Clonee Data Centre which will keep construction crews busy well into 2020, further demonstrating our long-term commitment to investment in Ireland."

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