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Google unveils plans to build flagship energy-efficient datacentre in Dublin

Jenny Williams

Google has announced it will build an energy-efficient datacentre in Dublin, creating hundreds of jobs.

The €75m datacentre is expected to be one of the most energy-efficient in the world and will power Google's search engine, Gmail and Google Maps.

Richard Bruton, minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation at Ireland's Industrial Development Authority (IDA), said: "Google will use advanced air-cooling technology that has been tested and perfected at Google's existing rented datacentre facility in Dublin.

"This technology takes advantage of Ireland's naturally cool climate and uses outside air to cool computers instead of costly and energy-hungry air-conditioning units."

Google said it would create more than 200 jobs for construction firms and up to 30 full-time and contractor roles once the datacentre is operational, including computer technicians and electrical and mechanical engineers.

"We're very happy to continue investing in Ireland and to build out our presence here even further," said John Herlihy, head of Google Ireland. "The new datacentre will be one of the most energy-efficient in Google's global fleet," he added.

Google employs over 2,000 staff in Dublin and currently rents a datacentre facility in the Irish capital.

Google is to open an incubator business unit for technology start-ups in East London's Tech City, the government's initiative to create a UK tech hub modelled on Silicon Valley.

Google will open amenities in the seven-storey office block to organisations supporting technology start-ups. It also plans to host a programme of events, including training workshops and product demonstrations.

Many of the UK's technology giants have datacentres based in Dublin, including Amazon and Microsoft. Twitter also recently announced plans to open an international headquarters in Ireland.

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