Microsoft to create 140 jobs at €900m centre

by Ian Begley
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A massive new €900m Microsoft data centre to be developed at Grange Castle Business Park is expected to create up to 140 full-time jobs.
This planning permission grant will be the eighth data centre development by Microsoft at Grange Castle.
In total, 1,800 jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase, with 140 full-time jobs being created.
Microsoft’s decision to expand its footprint in the Irish capital comes following high demand from cloud-hungry businesses and everyday users.
One of the factors that has led the company to opt to build in Ireland was the region’s temperate climate.
The company said: “The selection of Ireland as the preferred country location for this development was based largely on climatic conditions and strategic business considerations.”
The investment in four new sites will nearly double Microsoft’s Irish data centre investments to $2.2bn. The company is also currently building a €134m campus in the Dublin region for 1,200 staff which will support its European services.
Cllr William Lavelle (FG), welcomed the recent planning permission agreement.
He said: “I commend the management of the South Dublin County Council for their foresight and ongoing leadership in developing Grange Castle Business Park.
“I wish to thank Microsoft for their commitment to our county. This investment offers a further important boost to our local economy and will benefit our council in terms of development levy and ongoing rates revenue.
“This is money that can be reinvested in surrounding communities.”

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