Facebook's Irish subsidiary looks set to continue its hiring spree after company founder Mark Zuckerberg (below) said the social networking giant will increase investment in staff and new technology.
The company, which employs more than 500 people here and recently signalled plans to increase its office capacity to 1,000, said it will hire more research and sales staff this year as it bids to increase its mobile advertising growth.
Facebook's Irish office focuses largely on sales and marketing across Europe, although it also employs people in financial, technical and legal roles.
The company's chief financial officer David Wehner said that it would increase spending by up to 70pc this year.
Mr Wehner said the company was coming "from a position of strength" on the issue.