Google’s €5.5m innovation centre opens in Dublin

Google’s new digital innovation centre – The Foundry – has been officially opened in Dublin.The technology company has invested €5.5 million in the facility, which will be used to host events and meetings attended by business people from around Europe.Google says the centre will host 80 events – attended by 5,000 people – by the end of this year.

The company anticipates that it will attract 15,000 business travellers to the city during a full year.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton both attended the opening of the centre at Google’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin city.

Mr Bruton said the centre will “draw companies from across Europe to Dublin”, adding to its reputation in the technology industry.Google Vice President and Irish chief John Herlihy said it made strategic sense to locate the centre in Ireland “where we can leverage the incredible wealth of knowledge and skills within our own organisation and can share that with entrepreneurs and established companies from all over Europe”. RTE News.