Mobile phone giant Vodafone have announced it’s plans to establish a new €60m European sales centre in the Carrickmines area of Dublin which will lead to the creation of 200 new jobs in the capital.

Speaking from the company’s Leopardstown HQ, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the new jobs were a “vote of confidence” for the Irish economy.

“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,” the Taoiseach added.

The new centre will be named “Vodafone Red Edge” and will support business customers from Ireland, The UK and The Netherlands with an additional two support hubs in Central and Southern Europe.

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The Vodafone CEO for Ireland, Anne O’Leary stated the selection of Ireland for this project demonstrates the standing the country has in Europe in terms of it’s good track record and relationship with Vodafone and the ready availability of high skilled graduates for highly skilled graduates for emerging positions.

The investment was also supported by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation Richard Bruton who stated that “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”.

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“Today’s announcement by Vodafone that it is making a significant investment in Ireland…is a very welcome boost,” the Minister added.

Vodafone have been in Ireland since 2001 after the takeover of Eircell and currently employ over 1200 people in it’s Dublin HQ and it’s retail stores nationwide.

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