Uber's first major customer services hub outside US to create hundreds of jobs
Car-sharing app Uber will open its first major customer services hub outside the US as part of a multi-million euro expansion into Ireland.
The investment will create 150 jobs by the end of this year in Limerick city, the company said.
Uber said the "centre of excellence" will be its first outside the US. The number of recruits will grow to 300 once it is fully up and running, the company said. .
Ireland's Finance Minister Michael Noonan said the investment was a massive boost for Limerick and the country's IT sector.
"We are particularly delighted to welcome a world leading company, operating at the cutting-edge of innovative technology, to Limerick city centre," he said.
"Creating 300 jobs and with an investment of four million euro planned for the city, Uber will become a major part of the Limerick economy."
Uber has already started advertising for an initial 50 jobs to kick-start the operation by the end of August.
It has signed a 10 year lease on a site on Thomas Street in the city.
The operation will provide support for Uber users in countries outside the US.