Thursday 18 January 2018

'Business as usual' as Microsoft to hire 600

Cathriona Hallahan, MD of Microsoft Ireland
Cathriona Hallahan, MD of Microsoft Ireland

Sean Duffy

Microsoft has said it will be "business as usual" after Donald Trump's election as it announced 600 new jobs at a new €134m sales facility in Leopardstown, Dublin.

Five hundred staff will be located at the new Leopardstown site, with an additional hundred being added to the company's existing premises in Sandyford.

"The team in Ireland has a long track record of helping the company to deliver against its vision and strategy and now there are opportunities for 600 more individuals to play their part in making the vision a reality," said Cathriona Hallahan, Microsoft Ireland MD.

Microsoft's managing director of EMEA Inside Sales, Lisa Dillon, told the Irish Independent that the company had not changed its strategy in the aftermath of Mr Trump's election as US President.

President Trump's threats of punitive measures against US companies that send jobs overseas has been a cause of concern for Irish policymakers who are acutely aware of the importance of foreign direct investment(FDI) to the economy.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that Ireland's attractiveness as a location for FDI remained robust. "Ireland will work with the new US administration in building the links symbolically and in reality between our country and the United States.

"It is heartening to see the level of investment into Ireland from the United States continues to be exceptionally strong. It is coming all the time," Mr Kenny said at an event to announce the new jobs.

IDA ceo Martin Shanahan said that some US firms may shelve investment plans until the Trump administration's tax plans become clear. "My expectation is that we may see some firms holding back until they see the articulation of policy in the US. But at the moment it is business as usual, albeit we are fighting for investment in a much more challenging environment," Mr Shanahan said.

"There is clearly a lot of uncertainty in the world. With Brexit, possible political changes in Europe and the change of administration in the US. At a time of uncertainty, it's not unreasonable to expect that companies may take their time in making decisions, but Ireland remains extremely attractive as a location," he added.

Irish Independent

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