Is Facebook plotting to take on new hires in Dublin, Ireland?

24 Oct 2013

View of the South Docklands area of Dublin Ciity, with the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in the background. Image taken on the day of TEDx Dublin, which took place this past September

If reports are to be believed this morning, Facebook, which currently has its European headquarters in Dublin City, is about to double its office space in the South Docklands area of the city, where it currently employs up to 500 people.

The Irish Times this morning reported that the social-networking giant has agreed to the legal terms to rent double the amount of office space it currently occupies in the ‘Silicon Docks’ quarter of Dublin.

It would appear that Facebook is plotting a move from Hanover Quay, where it is currently based, to No 4 Grand Canal Square. This new abode would be sandwiched between the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and the part of the city where skateboarders and digital heads and hipsters like to hang out, especially on Saturdays.

The report in The Irish Times said Facebook had completed the necessary “legal contracts to rent almost twice the volume of office space that it currently occupies in the South Docklands”.

Facebook’s Dublin office employs staff in a range of roles, such as sales, advertising, user operations, policy and safety.

In February, the company announced it would be bringing 100 new employees into the Facebook fold at the Dublin office.

The same Irish Times article also reported that Yahoo! is set to rent 75,000 sq feet north of the River Liffey, just across from the Dublin Docklands. At the moment, Yahoo! is based in East Point in Dublin.

Amazon may also move into 60,000 sq feet of new office space in the Burlington Plaza in Dublin. Apparently, it would be sharing a block with BSkyB.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic