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Facebook unveils plans for massive data centre in Meath

Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California
Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California

Facebook is planning to bring a new data centre to Ireland – creating hundreds of jobs in the process.

The social media giant is expected to lodge a planning application today to build a state-of-the-art hub in Clonee, Co Meath, which is on the Dublin-Meath border. 

Apart from the permanent jobs that would be up for grabs at the data centre there would also be hundreds of temporary construction jobs created.

Meath County Council are expected to be provided with the plans for the proposed development today, which would see the new centre being built in an industrially zoned area of Clonee near Blanchardstown in north west Dublin.

Facebook say they want to use renewable energy supplies, a fibre infrastructure and local talent.

Phase One of the plan would see a 50,000 square metre development being built in the Kilbride Road area.

It is believed the investment is worth around €200m and it is being supported by the Department of Jobs and IDA Ireland.

Facebook already employs 900 people at its HQ in Dublin – the company’s biggest office outside its global headquarters in the USA.