Thursday 23 November 2017

Google expands in Ireland, opens new €150m data centre

Google’s office on Barrow Street
Google’s office on Barrow Street
Michael Cogley

Michael Cogley

Google has opened a new €150m data centre in west Dublin bringing its total investment in capital assets in Ireland to over €750m.

The tech giant, which employs 3,000 people directly and a further 3,000 indirectly here, has increased its staffing levels by over 20pc in the last 12 months.

The new data centre in Clondalkin is the company’s second major data centre investment in Ireland.

Speaking at the opening of the new centre Taoiseach Enda Kenny described it as a “new chapter” in Google’s story in Ireland.

“With the number of people employed by Google now surpassing 6,000, the company is a fantastic leader within Ireland’s digital community.”

The new two storey centre houses computers that run services such as the Google search engine, Gmail and Google Maps.

Google benefits from Ireland’s cool climate by using air condition to keep the computers running at optimum temperature.

Head of Google Ireland Ronan Harris said that the firm has continually invested in Ireland since arriving in 2003.

“Today’s announcement is part of Google’s plan to build the world’s most energy efficient computing network and the work of our engineering team in Dublin is central to this success,” he said.

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