Tech firm's tower set to create 1,500 jobs for the capital
Global technology company Salesforce has announced 1,500 jobs will be created in Dublin.
Salesforce Tower Dublin, which will be located at the city's North Quay, was announced yesterday, significantly expanding the company's regional headquarters in Ireland.
Founded in 1999, Salesforce helps companies including Ulster Bank and Brown Thomas to take advantage of techno- logies such as cloud, mobile, social and artificial intelligence to get closer to their customers.
The announcement was made before Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and nearly 1,000 Salesforce employees at an event in the Convention Centre detailing the new plans.
Mr Varadkar welcomed the news and highlighted that Dublin's north inner city is one of the most disenfranchised areas of the capital. He urged the company to reach out to the local community.
"As you know, your new building is located in part of the city where many large inter- national businesses have chos-en to locate. However, this part of the city is also one of some very stark contrasts," he said.
"There is enormous wealth here, cheek by jowl with deep deprivation, and many people who live in this part of the city in the north inner city have experienced deprivation, lack of opportunity and inter-generational poverty.
"As Dublin rises, and this part of the city rises, we should all rise together. I want to invite you to be very much part of this community that's going to be your new home.
"Salesforce is an important part of our technology sector, helping Ireland become the tech capital of Europe and one of the most globalised and open economies in the world.
"Ireland is open to investment, to capital, to trade, to talent and to creativity."
As part of the expansion, Salesforce.org, the charity arm of Salesforce, has already announced a $1m (€880,000) grant to Educate Together, supporting the opening and running of schools in Ireland.
Salesforce's executive vice- president of real estate, Elizabeth Pinkham, said the housing crisis and lack of affordable accommodation in Dublin had been looked at before the ann- ouncement was made.
"Many of our employees do already live in the city, so we will look at that when we do move into the building," she said.
Salesforce already has more than 1,400 employees in Dublin, at its premises in Leopardstown, and more than 34,000 employees worldwide.
Employees are due to start moving into the new campus in mid-2021.