The announcement of Google’s new Irish facility is set to bring the company’s total capital investment in Ireland to €1B since 2003.
The sod was turned on a €150M expansion of Google’s second data centre at Grange Castle, South County Dublin. It will create 400 jobs during its construction phase and take around 16 months to complete.
The project at Grange Castle will bring capital investment by the company in Ireland to €1B since 2003.
Denis Browne, Google’s EU Regional Data Centre Lead, commented: “Dublin is a key site in our family of European data centres, which provide the critical infrastructure to keep cloud-based services such as Gmail, Maps, and YouTube running efficiently across Europe, Middle East and Africa.”
Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation said: “Fifteen years after first establishing an office here in Ireland, today’s announcement is a testament to Google’s ongoing commitment to Ireland as a key hub for its operations. This €150m data centre expansion brings the company’s total investment in its Irish data centres alone to €500m, and its capital expenditure to almost €1bn. There is no denying that this is a considerable vote of confidence in Ireland as a place to do business. Not only that, but given the importance of data centres in keeping web-based and cloud services running smoothly, this development is also an endorsement of our country’s technical expertise and infrastructure.”
Today also saw the release of a report by Copenhagen Economics into the impact of Google’s data centres on the Irish economy, which shows positive impact of investment: almost 5,000 the number of jobs that have been supported by Google’s Irish data centre operations for the years 2011-2017.