Twitter jobs announcement further proof of Ireland’s attractiveness overseas – Donohoe

26th September, 2011

Fine Gael Dublin Central Deputy, Paschal Donohue, has this morning (Monday) welcomed the announcement that Twitter is to open an international office in Dublin, with the number of jobs to be created yet to be announced.

“Twitter’s announcement that Ireland is indeed trending and that it is to follow in the footsteps of Facebook, Google and Linkedin by opening operations here is fantastic news and further proof of Ireland’s ability to attract high profile, internet-based companies here.

“While the number of jobs that this will result in is still unknown, the success and growth of Facebook and Google here, both of whom have expanded operations and the number of people they employ significantly, signals a positive future for this new venture.

“Ireland has so much to offer to overseas companies coming to Ireland. We have a well educated and talented English-speaking workforce, our competitiveness is growing all the time and we have an extremely attractive corporation tax which continues to entice foreign direct investment.

“We still have a long road ahead where our economic recovery is concerned but we are heading in the right direction. As a small, open economy the upturn will largely come as a result of strong export activity. Just last week we saw that services exports, in areas such as computer services, insurance and financial services, were up 8.4% in the first half of 2011 compared with the same time in 2010. We must now ensure that not only foreign companies, but Irish entrepreneurs, continue to see Ireland as a worthwhile consideration and a positive place to do business.

“Securing these jobs is a triumph for Ireland and a triumph for the IDA. We must now work on consolidating and building from this base and cementing Ireland’s position as the internet capital of Europe.”