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DUBLIN got another jobs boost after web publishing company Squarespace announced it was basing its European, Middle East and African headquarters in the capital, creating 100 jobs.

The online platform allows users to create blogs, web pages, online shops and galleries without using computer code.

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central, Paschal Donohoe, said the decision cements the city's reputation as a technological hub.

"In the past two years, more than 11,000 people have been employed in the ICT sector, which has huge potential for growth and job creation," Mr Donohoe said.

"Investments are being made in sectors such as data analytics, since 'big data' is estimated to be growing at up to 40pc per year. This will ensure that Ireland capitalises on the future growth and stays ahead of the technological curve."

The new Dublin operation will provide hosting, content management, domain names and 24-hour customer support.

Squarespace's Jesse Hertzberg said they chose Dublin because it provided a "friendly, young and talented workforce in a vibrant city centre location".

"We hire staff based on personality, and the Irish are famous for being gregarious and friendly and warm and welcoming."

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who attended the announcement, said the news was a "signal of Ireland's growing reputation as the internet capital of Europe".

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said technology was a key sector in the Government's Action Plan for Jobs.


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