Varadkar officially opens Google’s Dublin building
Sheetal Sukhija - Friday 9th February, 2018
Varadkar officially opened Google’s latest building in Dublin
The Valesco Building is on the corner of Clanwilliam Place and Grand Canal Street
The building will house Google’s Cloud and Enterprise businesses across EU and MENA
DUBLIN, Ireland - The Valesco Building, which is Google’s latest building in Dublin was officially opened on Thursday, by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
The building which is planned to house Google’s expanding Cloud and Enterprise businesses across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is located on the corner of Clanwilliam Place and Grand Canal Street.
According to reports, the new investment brings the amount of investment made by the tech giant in Ireland to 809 million euros.
Currently, Google employs over 7,000 people in Ireland and is also filling new positions in the cloud and enterprise sections of its business.
The Valesco Building, which hosts a new Advanced Solutions Lab, is spread across 51,000 sq ft of working space and can accommodate 350 staff.
Google has said that the bulk of the building is already full
IDA Ireland has welcomed Google’s expansion in the country.
At the opening of the building, Varadkar said, “Back in 2003 there was great excitement when Google announced it was establishing its European HQ in Ireland, with the creation 200 jobs over three years. Fifteen years later, Google employs 7,000 people in Ireland, over seven locations.”
He added, “There are many strong reasons why Google chose to come to Dublin and why the company has gone from strength to strength here ever since, not least of all, our highly skilled technological workforce, our adaptability and our commitment to innovation.”
Varadkar said, “The opening of the Velasco Building represents the next stage of Google’s relationship with Ireland and represents a major strategic investment in cloud computing here. The Government is committed to creating a supportive ecosystem to secure a share of the rapidly growing tech industry and usher in a new wave of Cloud/AI research and development.”
Meanwhile, CEO of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan welcomed the move and said, “Google’s expanding presence in Dublin significantly strengthens the capital city’s international reputation as the technology hub of choice for leading innovators.”
Shanahan added, "This investment builds on the existing technology ecosystem in Ireland, making Ireland increasingly attractive for business growth and research and development into new technologies and services.”
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