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FACEBOOK is to create 200 jobs at its international headquarters, the company announced yesterday.

And there was also good news in Co Kilkenny with 15 staff to be hired at an activity park.

Facebook said the full-time roles in sales, engineering and online operations in Dublin will be filled by the end of the year.

A spokesman added: "The announcement is a key milestone in Facebook's commitment to investing and growing its presence in Ireland."

The social network giant recently doubled the size of its premises in Dublin's Silicon Docks, where it already employs 1,300 staff.

As part of the expansion, it has opened a Facebook Partner Centre - the first of its kind outside the company's global headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

The facility focuses on Facebook's apps and services as well as its longer-term investments in virtual reality, connectivity and artificial intelligence.

Earlier this year, the company announced it was building a new data centre in Clonee, Co Meath - its second in Europe and first in Ireland.

Ireland's Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the investments would bring huge advantages for the country.

He added: "Not only does 200 direct jobs within Facebook mean hundreds of extra jobs in the local economy through supply and services companies, but there are huge knock-on impacts for the start-up community and for our ability to attract more multi-national investment."

Facebook opened its first office in Ireland in 2009. Meanwhile, Castlecomer Discovery Park in Co Kilkenny is creating 15 jobs after investing [euro]310,000 in erecting the country's longest over-water zip line.

It is 300m long and its highest point is 35m above ground.

Last year a record 117,000 visitors came to the facility, a number expected to increase by 20% this year with the new zip line and an octagonal high-ropes challenge.

Park manager Liz Nolan said: "This is a very exciting time for us. The zip line and octagonal high-ropes challenges have been in development for three years now and to see these ideas become a reality has been fantastic.

"Besides the spectacular views at the top of the zip line, at 300m long the experience is exhilarating."


ONLY WAY IS UP Finishing touches being put to zip line at Castlecomer in Co Kilkenny

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Mar 15, 2016
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