What Google's Dublin office decision really says about FDI in Ireland – Siliconrepublic.com

Google’s recent decision on a Dublin office isn’t a canary in the FDI coalmine, but there are signals of change to come worth heeding, writes Elaine Burke.

Maybe it’s because we’ve started to believe that anything can happen in this most unprecedented year, but when Google made the sensible decision not to rent a Dublin office that won’t be used for the foreseeable future, a small wave of panic came.

Would this mean Google was about to pull out of Ireland? Would other big tech companies follow? Would this signal the end of years of foreign direct investment (FDI) from some of the world’s biggest companies?

Of course not.

‘The Covid-19 impact in Dublin’s office sector is more likely a speed bump than a roadblock’

Indeed, Google has decided not to go ahead with plans to lease the seven-storey Sorting Office for up to 2,000 employees.

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