SDCC to make €1.75m from Microsoft deal

by Gazette Reporter
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SOUTH Dublin County Council this week officially disposed of a parcel of land at Grange Castle, which will become the home of a major new development by US software giant Microsoft.
At a recent meeting, the council took the first steps to dispose of nearly 19 acres to Microsoft, which will begin developing a new data centre at the site.
At a meeting held in July 2007, the council first noted the disposal of 18.9 acres at Grange Castle Business Park to Microsoft Ireland Operations Limited, subject to certain terms and conditions.
Last year, the company announced it would invest $130 million (€97 million) in the expansion of its data centre at the location.
That investment builds on the $500 million (€375 million) investment Microsoft had already made in the Dublin data centre, which has been operational since July 2009.
It is hoped that the expansion will create some 400 construction jobs. In total, the council is set to take in €1.75 million in respect of the sale of the land, or €250,000 per acre.
Local Fianna Fail councillor Trevor Gilligan called on the council to use the money for local initiatives.
He said: “I fully support this new proposal, and call on the council to allocate a portion of the monies towards local community groups.
“The new site is immediately adjoining their existing facility, in order to cater for a further expansion. It is my hope that this expansion will create more jobs, to be kept in the area locally.
“Dublin Mid-West has an unlimited amount of talented IT professionals seeking work. I would ask Microsoft to make sure as much employment is taken from local talent in the area as is possible,” said Cllr Gilligan.
As part of the disposal, Microsoft must apply for full planning permission for the entire development on the site not later than April 30 this year.
Operating in Ireland since 1985, Microsoft employs 1,100 people in its EMEA operations centre, the European Development Centre, Dublin Data Centre and the company’s sales and marketing group for Ireland.
The Grange Castle centre will have a strong focus on sustainability, Microsoft said, adding that one factor of its design is an extensive use of outside air to cool the facility all year round.
Microsoft is not the only technology giant to have a data premises in Grange Castle – in 2011, Google announced it would create 200 construction jobs, and 30 full-time positions, in a new data centre in the business park.

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