Vodafone have announced that it is to establish a new European sales centre in Carrickmines, Dublin.
Vodafone will invest €60m in the centre which will result in 200 new jobs.
The European sales centre, “Vodafone Red Edge”, will support business customers in Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
It is supported by the Departments of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland, and recruitment for the new jobs is already underway.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “The creation of 200 new jobs by Vodafone, with this significant investment in a new European sales centre, is a vote of confidence in Ireland's economy. The Government is working hard to rebuild a sustainable enterprise led economy, which is a prerequisite for full employment. Today's new jobs highlight Ireland's attractiveness as a location where companies have access to a talented and highly skilled work force.
"This sales centre also demonstrates how companies like Vodafone are progressing with innovative approaches to how they do business. The jobs-led recovery is founded on economic and political stability and we are determined to maintain this progress into the future. ”
Anne O’Leary, CEO Vodafone Ireland said: “We are delighted to secure this investment for Ireland which further demonstrates Vodafone’s on-going and long-term commitment to developing our business in Ireland and to developing support roles from Ireland for the wider Vodafone Group and its customers. The selection by Vodafone of Ireland as a location for this European sales centre also demonstrates Ireland’s standing in Europe in terms of availability of highly skilled people for these emerging and developing roles.
“In addition, the centre will bring the latest in innovation including advanced sales tools and data analytics to determine customer needs and attitudes. We hope to offer much more in terms of answering all our customers’ communications needs while developing the right solutions so that our business customers continue to perform at their best.”
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD added: “Data analytics is a key sector which we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs, and in recent years we have seen some major wins in this area.
"Today’s announcement by Vodafone that it is making a significant investment in Ireland with the establishment of a major international sales centre here, relying on analytics technologies, is a very welcome boost. I wish Anne and her team every success with this project."
Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland said: “We are very pleased to support Vodafone on expanding its global presence here from Ireland - we are particularly encouraged by the rationale behind why Ireland was seen as a natural choice for this European Sales Centre.
"Vodafone has deep roots in Ireland and it very gratifying to see the company deploying leading edge technology in its Irish operations which serve multiple markets across the world. This latest investment will embed Ireland further within the wider Vodafone group."