American multinational technology conglomerate Facebook is to hire 1000 people in Ireland over the course of 2019. The roles will be created across 60 teams, including the social media giants’ engineering, safety, legal, policy, marketing and sales teams.
The roles will based on its Ballsbridge campus which was previously home to AIB.
Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students. Membership was initially limited to Harvard students, gradually expanding to other North American universities and, since 2006, anyone over 13 years old.
The announcement was made in Dublin today by the company’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, while she attended Facebook’s Gather event in Croke Park.
More than 500 small and medium businesses from Ireland and across the EMEA region attended the event.
Head of Facebook Ireland, Gareth Lambe, admitted today that the company is concerned about the current housing crisis gripping the country.
Lambe has served as the social media company’s head of office for Ireland since May 2015.
However, he says it is not something which has stunted Facebook’s growth, and insists he has faith in how the government is tackling the problem.