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Google set to build swimming pool for Irish staff

The search giant plans to offer the in-house facility as one of a range of perks for workers in its new Montevetro building.

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GOOGLE IRELAND HAS confirmed plans to build an in-house swimming pool for employees in its new building in the Docklands area of Dublin.

A spokesperson for the search giant said it will apply for planning permission for a swimming pool and gym at the Montevetro building, which it purchased for just under €100million earlier this year.

The facilities will be the latest additions to a line of perks enjoyed by Google staff. One former employee at the firm’s Dublin office told TheJournal.ie that workers can avail of a wide range of free food and entertainment.

Every floor has an area with a Nintendo Wii, table football and a pool table for staff to use, the former staffer said.

Part of the company’s mission statement is to offer “generous nutrition and fitness benefits.” “You get free breakfast and lunch every day,” the former employee said. “There’s sushi every day; they have pastry chefs on staff. You get free beers on Friday, from five o’clock.”

The company’s parties are also well known, with one apparently involving the hiring out of entire funfair rides for staff.

The Irish Times reports that the swimming pool is likely to occupy part of the three basement levels of the Montevetro building, which is the tallest office building in Dublin.

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