Facebook is reported to be planning a new €200 million ($224 million) data centre in Ireland, which will mainly be powered by renewable energy.
According to TheJournal.ie, the 50,000 square meter center will be based in County Meath, about 9 miles west of Dublin city, and will be the social network's second data centre in Europe, bringing the company's Irish staff numbers up to over 1,000.
The company, which in 2008 located its international headquarters in Dublin, said the move shows its commitment to investing in Ireland. The new project is being supported by the Irish government through its foreign direct investment arm.
Facebook currently has four data centres around the world, with one located in Sweden.
The decision by Facebook to submit an application in Ireland to build a new data centre coincides with expected changes to European Union data protection law, which will likely effect technology companies operating in Europe.
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