Facebook Lays Groundwork for Data Center in Ireland

Facebook chose Clonee in Ireland’s Meath County as the site for its second data center in Europe and fifth overall.

Facebook chose Clonee in Ireland’s Meath County as the site for its second data center in Europe and fifth overall.

TheJournal.ie reported that the social network submitted its plan to the Meath County Council for a 50,000-square-meter (164,000-square-foot) complex with two buildings, which would include an upgrade of Kilbride Road. A third building would be added in a second development phase.

Facebook would invest some €200 million ($225 million), according to TheJournal.ie, and its staff in Ireland would top 1,000.

Facebook director of data center strategic engineering Rachel Peterson said, as reported by TheJournal.ie:

Ireland has been a home for Facebook since 2007, and today’s planning application demonstrates our continued interest to invest in Ireland. We hope to build an innovative, environmentally friendly data center that will help us continue to connect people in Ireland and around the world while supporting local job creation and Ireland’s successful technology economy. We look forward to continuing our conversations with the Clonee community in coming weeks.

Meath County Council CEO Jackie Maguire added:

This application sends out a clear message to the business community in Ireland and abroad that Meath is open for business.

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