Telecoms giant hiring 50 for Dublin centre
Chinese telecoms company Huawei unveiled its new research and development offices in Dublin's IFSC yesterday, a move that will lead to the creation of 50 jobs.
The company has been linked to the Chinese military, and in the US concerns have been raised in relation to data privacy by deputy Defence Secretary Robert Work.
Speaking at the announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said it was a win for Ireland, and added that Huawei operates within European Union regulations.
"Ireland's data concerns are handled through Europe. There is an agreement which was in place between the US and Europe in terms of data exchange that is now going to have to be re-engineered," Mr Bruton said.
"There is a deadline for January, but these are issues of much wider policy import and clearly those who are engaged in protecting privacy and all the rest of it, they have in place criteria and business models in which businesses must operate and Huawei must operate in those, the same way as any other company.
"They operate throughout Europe, they respect European laws everywhere they operate and that is the way they do business."
Mr Bruton said the move highlights Ireland's ability to attract business from Asia.
"It's a great addition to our capability as a country and also shows we can win investment from Asia in critical areas for the growth of those companies and I think that's a good flagship," he said.
"As you know, the IDA has set a target of stepping up the number of investments from that part of the world to make Ireland a gateway for such investors, so we see this as a very important win."
The president at the European Research Institute at Huawei, Zhou Hong, said the new facility will help nurture talent in Ireland. Huawei has been operating in the Irish market since May 2004.