Saturday 18 November 2017

Video: Enda Kenny nabs Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg in 'Ireland open for business' Davos opp

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Ailish O'Hora

Ailish O'Hora

NEVER a man to miss a good promo opp, Taoiseach Enda Kenny nabbed Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg to tell Davos and the world that Ireland is open for business -ahead of the election.

Thanking Mr Kenny and Ireland for the recovery, Ms Sandberg, a billionaire and Facebook chief operations officer, said the company's European headquarters in Dublin is hiring talent from around the country and around the world.

"We're very happy to have our headquarters in Dublin," she added.

Thank you for what you've done with the economy, she added.

Mr Kenny thanked the company for what it does, employment-wise and said the Government is there to help.

"Always good to catch up with Sheryl Sandberg, a great believer in Ireland and our recovery.," he said on his Facebook page.

Recently filed accounts showed that numbers employed at the firm increased from 425 to 478. The pay bill, including salaries, share-based payment and pension payments, totalled €57.6m - or an average of €120,000 each.

The average salary is inflated as it includes pay to executive directors and €9.79m in share-based payments while the pay-pot also included €39.98m in salaries and other benefits of €7.7m.

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