07 October 2011

Fitzgerald Welcomes €75mil Investment by Google into Clondalkin

Google announce €75mil investment in Clondalkin and the creation of 200 construction jobs and 30 highly skilled jobs at new data centre in Grangecastle

Local Minister Frances Fitzgerald has welcomed the announcement by Google, of a €75mil investment in a new data centre to be located in Grangecastle, Clondalkin. The move will create 200 construction jobs at the site and 30 long term highly skilled positions. Fitzgerald recently gave a commitment to businesses in Grangecastle that Ireland’s attractive corporation tax rate would be maintained.

“This investment shows huge confidence in our skilled industry and will be a significant boost to the local economy. The creation of 200 construction jobs is a welcome move that will have a major impact on families throughout our area. It will also result in an increase in spin-off trade for local shops and services,” said Minister Fitzgerald.
reiterated this government’s firm commitment to support businesses in Grangecastle, by retaining our low corporation tax which attracted so many multinationals to our shores. Our corporate tax rate of 12.5% has been instrumental in job creation and continued employment throughout the country and it is Government policy to maintain this rate going forward,” continued Minister Fitzgerald.
“An investment of €75mil in the Clondalkin plant shows huge confidence in our local infrastructure and our skilled work force. This investment will mean the creation of 200 construction jobs for the area and 30 highly skilled positions,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

It is estimated that the data centre will take approximately 12-18 months to build. Google are said to have chosen Ireland as the location for this new multi-million development in part due to our corporation tax, skilled workforce and also for our cool climate which means that outside air can be used as ventilation for PCs rather than enlisting the help of specialised airconditioning units. Google's investment comes merely days after Pfizer announced a €145mil expansion of their plant in Grangecastle.

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