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25th Jan 2016

New Facebook data centre in Meath set to create 2,000 construction jobs in Ireland

Conor Heneghan

A new Facebook data centre in Clonee in Meath is expected to lead to the construction of 2,000 construction jobs in Ireland between now and 2018.

Facebook has confirmed that it will go ahead with the construction of a €200 million data centre in the Royal County, construction on which is due to start in the next couple of months with a view to the project being completed by 2018.

The data centre will be Facebook’s second in Europe – the other one is in Luleå, Sweden – and a Facebook press release says that it will be “one of the most advanced, efficient and sustainable data centres in the world”.

Johor, Malaysia - Dec 9, 2013: Photo of Facebook homepage on a monitor screen. As of today, Facebook is the largest social media network on the web, Dec 9, 2013 in Johor, Malaysia.

Approximately 2,000 jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase of the data centre, while a further 150 jobs are expected to be created once the centre is fully operational.

Ireland has been the home of Facebook’s international operations since 2009 and they say that the data centre “will continue Facebook’s significant investment in the country and in Europe”.