Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has held a meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during which it was promised that hundreds of new jobs will be coming to Ireland.
The social network has its international headquarters here and recently it was announced that the company will be expanding its data centre in Clonee, Co. Meath.
The tech giant already employs over 2,000 people in Dublin and Cork.
Gareth Lambe, head of Facebook Ireland said:
“As the home of our international headquarters, Ireland is an important part of Facebook’s story and one of the most vibrant tech communities in the world.
"We are delighted that our Irish operations will be growing in 2018 with hundreds more jobs across all our teams.
"We also recently announced that we are expanding the Clonee Data Centre which will keep construction crews busy well into 2020, further demonstrating our long-term commitment to investment in Ireland.”
According to the Irish Independent, most of the new jobs will be in Dublin.
After the meeting, Mr. Varadkar welcomed the news by saying:
“They have confirmed they are going to expand their operations in Ireland.
“That was very positive announcement that Facebook is very committed to Ireland, very happy with their operations in Ireland, and are going to increase their employment levels and roles in Ireland by several hundred next year.
“They indicated that there will be several hundred additional roles in Ireland next year. We weren’t able to disclose the exact figure but it’s certainly in the higher end of the hundreds."