Facebook’s decision today to place its second major European data centre in Clonee, Co. Meath, further confirms Ireland’s international reputation as a prime data centre location of choice, and firmly puts Meath on the map as a hub for future Foreign Direct Investment, and as a location that combines excellent quality of life with ease of access to Dublin, to the European Union and the wider world.
Facebook joins the long list of international companies who have faith and confidence in the enduring sustainable nature of the recovery underway in Ireland, and who see Ireland as an important bridge head between the USA, the UK and the European Union.
Locally in Meath, our flexible well educated labour force, who enjoy an excellent quality of life in the County, as well as easy access to city life, are also important attractions and factors for Foreign Direct Investment.
I want to congratulate the Council’s Chief Executive Jackie Maguire, recently retired Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Jim Holloway and the Council’s Economic Director Kevin Stewart and their team of staff. They have landed the first big catch of their recently launched Economic Development Strategy for the County. They have started as they mean to go on. This news will now serve as a magnet and example to others.
This announcement not only brings vital Foreign Direct Investment into Meath, it also brings jobs in construction, in overall running and maintenance and in spin off and related services.
It will be a magnet for similar Foreign Direct Investment as well as an inspiration for local Meath entrepreneurs, who we are keen to support locally through the Local Enterprise Office of Meath County Council and nationally in Government as well.