Facebook has entered into a long-term lease in Dublin, which will quadruple the floor space of its international headquarters, allowing the company to more than double its current workforce of more than 4,000.
Facebook said on November 8th The expansion would provide room for another 5,000 employees. Such an increase would make the US company one of the largest multinational employers in Ireland, alongside Google and Apple, each employing more than 6,000 people across the country.
The social media company operates a number of global and regional teams in three office buildings in Dublin, which employ engineers, lawyers, marketing and sales staff.
"We invest here in the long run," said Gareth Lambe, head of Facebook Ireland in a statement.
"This significant investment in a 14-hectare campus with capacity for thousands of other employees demonstrates our commitment to Ireland, our desire to grow our business here and continue to contribute to the economy."
Irish Economy Minister Heather Humphreys said the expansion represents a big vote of confidence in Ireland, backed by low corporate tax rates, as multinational companies like Facebook account for around ten jobs in the fast-growing economy.
With the purchase of the lease, Facebook takes over the headquarters of Allied Irish Banks, the previously moved from its offices near the tech district of Dublin