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HP to build 87,000 sq-foot cloud R&D operation in Galway for 700 workers

HP has applied for planning permission to build a new 87,000 sq-foot R&D and cloud facility in Galway that will house up to 700 workers.
The facility will house software R&D, cloud innovation and business services for HP worldwide.

Construction at the site is to begin this year and will be one of the largest construction projects in the Galway region in recent times.

The new facility will be a modern office building, built with flexibility and environmental sustainability features and fitted out to support the needs of HP employees into the future.

“Our facilities in Galway are proving to successfully attract some of the best and brightest talent in key IT growth areas for HP,” said John Hinshaw, executive vice-president of Global Technology and Operations.

“We are pleased to announce an investment in a new state-of-the-art facility to support future development of new cutting-edge technologies.”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, said the project will employ 150 construction workers.

“HP has been a valued business partner in Ireland throughout the years and this new investment will see HP and Ireland remain at the forefront of software research and cloud computing technology,” Kenny said.

HP’s managing director for Ireland Martin Murphy described the investment as an endorsement of HP’s ongoing commitment to operations in Ireland.

The company employs more than 4,000 people in Ireland and has consistently delivered job creation projects in recent years.

“This announcement today is testament to the strength of the team on the ground who are developing new and meaningful technologies in Ireland that are being brought to the rest of the world,” HP Galway managing director Mark Gantly added.

In the last three years, HP in Ireland has been successful in attracting more than 1,000 new jobs to the country in addition to the 4,000 or so already in place. The creation of the Global Services Desk in March 2009 generated 500 jobs, and the expansion of the company’s Galway operation in 2010 spawned 50 jobs. In addition, the company announced 120 jobs at its Dublin operations in September 2010 and 105 jobs at its Galway operations in December 2010, followed by a further 50 new jobs.

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