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Amazon set to create 300 Dublin jobs

Online retailer Amazon is to create 300 new jobs in Dublin over the next two years, the company announced.

Amazon is looking to hire data centre technicians, software engineers and customer support staff, to be based in its office in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

The retail giant has had a presence in Ireland since 2004 and already employs 1,400 people here.

"We have been extremely impressed with the creativity and strong technical talent available in the country," Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels said.

"We recognise that some of the greatest technology minds in the world can be found in Europe and we are looking for some of these talented people to join our rapidly growing team," he added.

Amazon runs its operations in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain from Dublin, Dr Vogels said.

The company will expand its office space in Dublin to over 100,000sqft to account for the new roles.

"What we do here is we build new products for Amazon Retail, we build new products for Amazon Kindle, we build new products for the cloud computing division, all of those are very highly skilled technical jobs... those are the kind of jobs that we will continue to be adding," Dr Vogels said.

Amazon also has an office in Cork where it employs 800 people. It was set up in 1994 and employs 97,000 people worldwide.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was at the announcement yesterday and said that "having a company of Amazon's stature adding more jobs further strengthens our international reputation."

"The government's plan to secure recovery involves supporting and growing the vibrant digital sector," he said.