Yahoo! to Expand in Dublin

Company to add more than 200 jobs


Internet company Yahoo! is to create 200 new jobs over the next 12 months.

The company will announce its expansion plans later today to more than double its workforce and has already begun recruiting staff.

It is seeking to fill positions at its Dublin office in the areas of customer support, technology, operations, human resources and finance. The office provides customer care, technical and operational support, and finance-related services across Europe, the Middle Eastern and Africa.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, had met with the company to discuss the expansion plans in the past year as part of an Industrial Development Authority (IDA) initiative.

Dan McCarthy, vice-president of the company in Ireland, said it was seeking to augment its “exisiting footprint” here. The company was looking for some people with skills in languages, he told RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland programme.

“Anybody who is out there and feels they have the necessary skills set and expertise, please do check our portal,” he said.

The Taoiseach, who is expected to host a press conference from the company’s campus in Sunnyvale, California, later today, said he was delighted to welcome the expansion.

“ Ireland is becoming the internet capital of Europe with companies like Yahoo! offering great opportunities to our passionate, highly-skilled work force,” he said.

“ Yahoo!’s growing footprint in Ireland is a welcome statement of its commitment to this country.”

Mr Bruton said information and communications technology was a key sector being targeted through the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs and the creation of new jobs by Yahoo! was “further evidence that the plan is working”.

“We in Government are determined to continue building on this, to attract further investments and create the jobs we need,” he said.

Chief executive of the IDA, Barry O’Leary, said the company was “one of the jewels in the crown of the Irish-based “born on the internet” companies” and had been successfully been running its operation in Ireland for nearly ten years.