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Dublin’s Grand Canal Square, just south of the River Liffey, is known as Googletown. In 2011, Google, which employs more than 2,500 people in Ireland, bought the neighborhood’s 15-story Montevetro building. Nearby is Facebook’s European headquarters, along with outposts for LinkedIn, Yahoo!, and other US technology companies, some of them Dublin fixtures for over a decade. They’ve been drawn to expand there by the strapped government’s flat 12.5% corporate tax rate. Bloomberg BusinessWeek

A leading US stock market news website has published a list of the 10 best places to retire abroad – and puts Ireland in pole position. MarketWatch – which is part of the same Dow Jones/News Corp stable as the Wall Street Journal – gives its reasoning as such: It says that Ireland has a number of “charming” small towns which are well served by pubs, restaurants, shops and “quiet neighbourhoods”, and some world class golf courses.

Best place for US business folk to retire? Ireland.

Irish e-learning portal wins major deal in China to teach English Language skills to potentially 30 million people

AN TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny will announce 260 new jobs for Cork and Dublin during his US engagements on March 21, 3013. Yahoo! said it will add 200 positions to its workforce at the firm’s Dublin Operations Centre. Recruitment will take place over the next 12 months for roles in customer support, technology, operations, HR and finance. McAfee is to establish a global R centre of excellence in Cork, creating up to 60 high-quality jobs.

The Ernst & Young globalisation index, which was produced in collaboration with the Econmist Intelligence Unit, measures the integration of 60 countries within the world economy. The index is measured by a country’s openness to trade, movement of capital, exchange of technology and ideas, labour movements, and cultural integration. Ireland came third behind Hong Kong and Singapore, but ahead of Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Irish tech firms raise €269m in venture capital in 2012 Between them, some 189 Irish technology companies raised €269m from investors in 2012. While the amount raised is 2pc lower than the previous year, the number is up 18pc from 159 companies in 2011, according to the Irish Venture Capital Association. First-round funding represented 20pc of the funds raised, with the 80pc balance consisting of follow-on funding.

300 new jobs in Dublin and Cork announced by international firm HubSpot and internet security firm FireEye. Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said the announcement was a 'great boost'.

Great news! Social networking giant Facebook is to create 100 new jobs in Dublin, where it already employs 400 people at its international HQ. Facebook’s Dublin office employs staff in a broad range of roles, including user operations, advertising, sales, policy and safety.

A free Wi-Fi initiative will start to roll out in 12 locations for Dublin City dwellers on Jan 31, 2013. The locations are Smithfield, Temple Bar Square, Wolf Tone Square, St Patrick's Park, Henry Street, Grafton Street, Merrion Square, Clarendon Street, Barnardos Square, the frontage to the Convention Centre, O'Connell Street Plaza/GPO and outside Dublin City Council on Wood Quay.

US COMPANY MANDIANT is to set up an engineering and security operations centre in Dublin, leading to the creation of 100 jobs. The positions will be in the areas of software engineering and security operations, as well as quality engineering, product development and administration. The new facility will also serve as Mandiant’s euro-based security operations centre, where they are looking to hire information technology and security operations expertise.

Cloud storage giant Dropbox is to establish an international headquarters in Dublin. The company's cloud service is used by more than 100m people across a variety of mobile devices. The investment marks Dropbox’s first move outside the US and the will create a number of new jobs.

National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) is adjacent to the Irish ‘silicon valley’, home to the European and international headquarters of many multi-national companies, such as Intel, HP, Facebook, Microsoft and Google. The university has strong connections with several multinational companies.

2012 Legatum Prosperity Index - World Map Redrawn PROSPERITY IN IRELAND is on the rise – that’s according to the latest Legatum Prosperity Index. The annual assessment of global prosperity, based on both material wealth and personal well-being, has put Ireland in 10th place out of 144 countries worldwide after an examination of various factors, including: Economy Entrepreneurship and opportunity Governance Education Health Safety and security Personal freedom Social capital

Irish Govt establishes digital games group to deliver 2,500 new jobs by 2014. Ireland's Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, TD, has established an industry group consisting of executives from the major games companies present in Ireland to spearhead a strategy to create 2,500 new digital games jobs by 2014.

Up to 911 new jobs are set to be created by 53 new high-potential start-ups (HPSUs) that are supported by the Irish Government through Enterprise Ireland, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, TD, has just announced.

Good News! The 2012 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook places Ireland number one in the world for skilled labour. Over 13,000 new jobs were created in 2011, according to the Irish Development Agency (IDA).

IBM is to create 700 new jobs at a new Global Services Integration Hub in Mulhuddart, Dublin as part of an IDA Ireland-supported investment. IBM Ireland currently employs in excess of 3,000 people in Ireland and its current business activities include research, software development and services at its technology campus in Mulhuddart, together with locations in Cork and Galway. A European Sales and Services Support Centre is based in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

National University of Ireland Maynooth has conferred an honorary degree on Thomas Donohue, President & CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation. Mr. Donohue is an important champion of the transatlantic relationship and bilateral ties between Ireland and the United States. Pictured with Professor Philip Nolan, NUIM President.

Ireland has topped the list of the best places to invest in Western Europe, according to the annual Global Best-to-Invest Rankings compiled by international magazine Site Selection. In terms of top metropolitan locations to invest, Dublin tops the list, followed by Frankfurt, Edinburgh and Birmingham.

Multinational software company SAP is reportedly investing €110m to expand its Irish operations, creating 250 jobs in Galway and Dublin in the process. It’s the largest software company in Europe and the third largest in the world.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has travelled to the United States for a week-long, five-city tour hoping to target investments from technology and life sciences companies. He will make stops in Boston, Raleigh, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Chicago, meeting 19 companies of varying sizes hoping to encourage them to invest in Ireland.

Apple is to expand its presence in Ireland, creating more than 500 jobs in what is being described as a “huge boost” for the country.

Intel has promoted Irish man Martin Curley, director of Intel Labs Europe and senior principal engineer, as vice-president of Intel Corporation. Mr Curley holds a PhD in information systems from the National University of Ireland Maynooth and is co-director of the Innovation Value Institute research center at NUIM, through which students can study for an MSc in IT Management. Find out more at

Mylan, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, said it plans to create 220 jobs in Galway and 280 in Dublin by 2016. The company is to invest up to €76 million per year in its Irish business.