Google’s €150m investment in Grange Castle to create 400 construction jobs
By Mary Dennehy
THE sod was today turned on a €150m expansion of Google’s data centre in Grange Castle, Clondalkin – a project which is set to create around 400 jobs during construction.
The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister of State for Trade, business and EU Digital Single Marker, Pat Breen TD, visited Grange Castle today (May 8) for the sod turning of Google’s new €150m facility.
The new facility is expected to create around 400 jobs, at peak, during construction and take approximately 16 months to complete, by which time the data centre will bring Google’s total capital investment in Ireland to €1bn since 2003.
Terence McGoff, Engineering Director at Google, said: “I’m really delighted to announce that we’ve started to break ground on the new addition to our facility here in South County Dublin.
“Our data centres are essential to our operations both in Ireland and across the larger EMEA region, allowing consumers and business to use our cloud-based tools and software far more efficiently and effectively.”
According to Peter Byrne, the CEO of South Dublin Chamber: “The presence of these data centres has provided a breath of life to South Dublin County – as well as bringing vital direct employment to the area, they also support indirect employment via local spending on goods and services.
“In addition, Google has an excellent relationship with the local community and actively supports local community projects and NGOs, such as the Inspiring the Future initiative with the South Dublin County Partnership.
“We’re delighted with Google’s continued commitment to the area via the expansion of their data centre here.”
More on this story in Thursday’s paper.