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Google to create 200 jobs with ops centre

Internet giant Google is to create 200 jobs in Dublin with a new operations centre, it was revealed today.

The offices, at Eastpoint Business Park in the city's Docklands, are set to be fully up and running by the end of the year.

Google said the centre would focus mainly on its geographic-based products such as Google Maps and Google Local.

The company employs 1,500 people in the capital and is already recruiting for graduates with strong IT skills.

David Martin, Google's director of geo-operations in Europe, said the jobs boost reflected the firm's positive experience since it set up in Dublin in 2003.

"Dublin is rapidly becoming the multilingual internet capital of Europe and Google is proud to be leading the charge," he said.

"We are constantly seeking to improve and further develop our location-based products and Dublin will now be a centre of excellence for this activity."

Staff at Google's Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters on Barrow Street in the city currently offer customer support to more than 25 countries.

John Herlihy, Google's vice president of global ad operations, said the office had acted as a magnet for talented employees from across Europe.