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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Officially Opens LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald officially opened LinkedIn’s new 17,650 sq m Europe, Middle East and Africa HQ at Wilton Place in Dublin today.

The new building is the first that LinkedIn has built outside the USA, and is the result of an €85 million investment. The development was undertaken in order to meet the needs of LinkedIn’s growing workforce in Ireland, which has increased from three employees to 1,200 in just seven years.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said:

This new EMEA HQ is a strong endorsement of the Government’s economic and job creation strategy because it reaffirms that Ireland is the perfect location for investment.

When LinkedIn first came to Ireland in 2010 we were in the middle of one of our darkest periods economically. But today, thanks to the sacrifices of the Irish people and the policies pursued by the Government, our economy has recovered, and we are now facing the future with renewed confidence. Over the last seven years, the LinkedIn workforce here in Dublin has grown from just three staff members to 1,200. Indeed, LinkedIn’s belief in Ireland as a location for investment has contributed to our economic recovery.

The Government is committed to maintaining our stable and competitive corporation tax regime and our strong incentives for research and development so we can continue to attract and retain inward investment and create high quality jobs.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald added:

The Government and the agencies in my Department are working hard to keep up and continue to attract highly innovative and high quality foreign direct investment. LinkedIn is now one of Ireland’s leading technology employers, with employees from 55 nations which reflects the diversity that Dublin has to offer.

LinkedIn is continuing to hire in Dublin, with more than 70 jobs currently advertised.

A number of Irish companies were involved in the building works, and at the height of the construction, which was completed in two years, the project saw 360 workers on site every day.