350 construction jobs for Dublin as Google gets go-ahead to build data centre

28 Apr 2014

Internet giant Google is planning to create up to 350 new construction jobs after being granted planning permission to build a second data centre at Grangecastle, Clondalkin.

It is likely that the new data centre will require an additional staff of up to 60 people to operate it.

Google employs around 2,500 people in Dublin, principally at its EMEA headquarters on Barrow Street.

Google opened its first €75m air-cooled data centre at Profile Park in Clondalkin in September 2012.

The first project required over 1,000 people working for more than 90 building and engineering companies to carry out the build in less than a year.

According to South Dublin County Council permission has been granted for Google to build a data storage facility totaling 36,733 square metres in Ballybane, Grangecastle, Clondalkin.

“During construction this development has the potential to deliver between 300 to 350 construction jobs and represents the commitment of South Dublin Country Council to supporing appropriate economic development and inward investment into the County,” the Council said.

Nearby Microsoft has built a data centre with an investment of over €600m and is investing a further €170m on a second data centre.

Incumbent operator Eircom is also understood to be investing €200m in a new data centre facility in Clondalkin.

Global data centre image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist. He joined Silicon Republic in 2002 to become the fulcrum of the company’s news service He was recipient of the Irish Internet Association’s NetVisionary Technology Journalist Award 2005 and Siliconrepublic.com has been awarded ‘Best Technology Site’ at the Irish Web Awards seven times. In 2011 he received the David Manley Award commending him for his dedication to covering entrepreneurs. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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