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Burton thanks IBM for JobBridge support

Company says 50 new jobs coming in Dublin multilingual sales centre.

Tánaiste Joan Burton at the opening of the new IBM digital sales centre today.
Tánaiste Joan Burton at the opening of the new IBM digital sales centre today.
Image: Twitter/ibm_in_ireland

IBM WILL CREATE 50 jobs in its Dublin office as part of a multilingual centre built to better spruik its products across Europe.

The company today announced the opening of the US$26 million (€20 million) “European digital sales centre” at its west Dublin technology campus.

In a statement, IBM said the centre would be its largest multi-language sales centre in the world and staff would work in 19 different tongues to deal with clients in 21 European countries.

Thanks for helping with JobBridge: Burton

Speaking at the opening, Tánaiste Joan Burton said the company had a long tradition in Ireland and it had made a “significant” contribution to the local economy.

Burton Tánaiste Joan Burton... and more Joan Burton. Source: Twitter/tri_cycles

She said the government welcomed and supported the 50 new jobs that would be created and thanked the company for its key role in making the JobBridge scheme the “success that it has been”.

The company previously came under fire for using interns to fill positions in its Dublin offices under the controversial program.

IBM’s Irish operations date back to 1956 and it currently employs over 3,000 people across three centres in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

It opened its first European sales centre in Dublin in 1996.

READ: Another ‘vote of confidence’ from IBM with up to 40 new jobs

READ: Cork County Council may ditch controversial JobBridge scheme

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