Twitter has shortlisted buildings in Dublin 2 and Dublin 4

26 Sep 2011

Twitter, which revealed plans to locate its international HQ in Dublin this morning, is understood to have shortlisted a number of buildings in both Dublin 2 and Dublin 4. Siliconrepublic.com has also learned the nature of the new jobs.

The kind of jobs that will be located in Twitter’s new Dublin operations will consist of a range of finance, user support and international marketing roles, a spokesman for IDA Ireland told us.

“They have shortlisted a number of buildings in Dublin 2 and Dublin 4 and we’re just waiting on the final selection,” the spokesman said.

When asked about the number of jobs that will be created, the IDA spokesman described it as a “moving target”, but the expectation is that the operations could enjoy a similar growth trajectory to that of both Facebook and Google.

“Facebook came to Dublin with plans to create 40 jobs and will employ 300 people at the end of this year. Google came here with plans to create 230 jobs and now employs 2,200.

“It would be prudent enough to say that like other internet operations, the Twitter operation in Dublin will start relatively small but has potential to grow in line with international demand.

“Ireland will be central to the company’s international growth so the jobs potential will ultimately be determined by the success of the Irish operations,” the spokesman said.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD, welcomed the announcement.

“Twitter is one of the most exciting and fastest-growing companies in the world. Today’s announcement that it is to establish an international office in Ireland is a massive win, and shows there is real ground for Ireland’s claim to be the internet capital of Europe. It also shows that, despite our difficulties, we still have real strengths as an economy, and it is important to acknowledge that," Bruton said.

“The challenge now is to build on our strengths and the presence in Ireland of the world-leading companies like Twitter to build an indigenous engine of growth and get people back to work. Today’s announcement shows that we have real grounds for optimism in facing that challenge,” Bruton added.

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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