The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys was joined today by Pat Breen TD, Minister of State for Trade, Business and EU Digital Single Market, in turning the sod on a €150m expansion of Google’s second data centre at Grange Castle, South County Dublin.
The new facility will create approximately 400 jobs at peak during its construction and take approximately 16 months to complete, by which time the data centre will bring Google’s total capital investment in Ireland to €1bn since 2003.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Humphreys said, "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. The business sector in Ireland is an ecosystem that benefits from positive news like this, so I am absolutely delighted to welcome this significant investment."
Engineering Director at Google, Terence McGoff added, "Our data centres are essential to our operations both in Ireland and across the larger EMEA region, allowing consumers and business to use our cloud-based tools and software far more efficiently and effectively. This investment shows our continued commitment to Ireland as a key driver for the whole EMEA region, and we’re proud to see that total capital investment by Google in Ireland has reached a total of €1bn since we first opened an office here in Dublin fifteen years ago."