BROADCASTING COMPANY SKY has said it will invest up to €1 billion in its Irish operations in the next five years, including investing in its Irish broadband services.
Speaking at the opening of the company’s new Irish headquarters in Dubiln today, CEO Jeremy Darroch said the company would also be investing in developing its retail presence in Ireland, in addition to continuing to create jobs in Ireland.
The broadcaster is creating 800 jobs with the opening of its Irish headquarters and customer contact centre at Burlington Plaza, with recruitment for those roles continuing.
The launch of our new site in Dublin marks a very significant day for Sky’s Irish business,” Darroch said at today’s event.
“Ireland has been a great market for Sky. We’ve been here from the very start, growing to become the most popular provider of TV in the country. For the first time, we will have a dedicated presence on-the-ground to support this growth,” he said.
Our increased commitment to Ireland will create new jobs and strengthen the Sky business. But most of all, it will be good for Irish customers, bringing them more choice and competition. We are excited about our future here.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who attended today’s formal opening, said Sky had “identified the potential that the Irish digital economy offers” in deciding to open a premises in Ireland.
He added that he was “anxious” to see Ireland’s audio-visual industry reach its full potential, and complemented the broadcaster on its decision to commission Chris O’Dowd’s comedy series ‘Moone Boy’, set and filmed in Boyle in Co Roscommon.
“The television, information and communication services provided by companies like Sky have transformed how we learn, communicate and share information,” the Taoiseach said.
It is an industry always on the move, working on the next innovation and expanding their reach across the world.