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Facebook to create new 14 acre campus in AIB Bank Centre in Ballsbridge

Dublin Live logo Dublin Live 5 days ago Laura Lyne
Numerous colorful markers are stuck around the facebook logo in Facebook's European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, 09 October 2013. Around 500 people work at the  European Facebook headquarters in the Irish capital, taking care of the advertising business and dealing with users' complaints from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Photo: Jessica Binsch/dpa | usage worldwide   (Photo by Jessica Binsch/picture alliance via Getty Images) © Catalyst Images Numerous colorful markers are stuck around the facebook logo in Facebook's European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, 09 October 2013. Around 500 people work at the European Facebook headquarters in the Irish capital, taking care of the advertising business and dealing with users' complaints from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Photo: Jessica Binsch/dpa | usage worldwide (Photo by Jessica Binsch/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Facebook have announced that they are to create a new 14 acre campus in Dublin, with space for 5,000 more employees.

They will be taking over the Bank Centre in Ballsbridge that is currently used by AIB on a long-term lease.

a person standing in front of a building: Facebook Bank Centre © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Facebook Bank Centre It's the third office in the capital for the social media giant, who last year opened a location in the Samuel Beckett Building in East Point.

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Their European headquarters are also located at Grand Canal Dock.

Facebook also have the Clonee Data Centre in Meath and Facebook Reality Labs in Cork.

a view of a city © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited The move to the Bank Centre will see the home of Instagram and WhatsApp quadruple its current floorspace to 870,000 sq ft across a number of buildings with capacity for an additional 5,000 employees.

Gareth Lambe, Head of Facebook Ireland said: “Ireland is one of the best places in the world to be a technology company and we're investing here for the long term.

"This significant investment in a 14-acre campus with capacity for thousands more employees demonstrates our commitment to Ireland, our desire to grow our business here and continue to contribute to the economy.

"We're very excited about the campus project which will provide our employees and partners a state-of-the-art, modern work environment with lots of collaborative spaces, training spaces and an outdoor plaza with seating areas.

Facebook's European headquarters in Dublin. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images) © Catalyst Images Facebook's European headquarters in Dublin. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images) "As the site will be renovated in phases, the move will happen over three years and will see all 2,000 employees, currently based in Grand Canal, in the new campus by 2022."

The announcement has also been welcomed by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys.

She said:The acquisition of this new campus is a landmark day for Facebook, which established its International HQ in Dublin in December 2008 and has expanded significantly in Ireland over the last 3-4 years.

"Without a doubt, this expansion is a huge vote of confidence in Ireland and our pro-enterprise policies. Above all, it is a testament to the calibre of our rich pool of talent, who have contributed so positively to the company’s global growth in the last decade.”

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