Google abandons its new Dublin office with enough space for 2,000 employees

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The sorting office that Google planned to lease in Dublin, Ireland.

Google Dublin sorting office

LONDON — Google has decided not to go ahead with plans to rent an office in Ireland with enough space for 2,000 employees.

The news was first reported by Bloomberg and confirmed to CNBC by Google.

Based in Dublin’s Docklands district, where thousands of people worked for US tech giants before the coronavirus pandemic hit, the seven-story office comprises 202,000 square feet of retail space.

The building was previously used as a sorting office by the Irish public postal service, An Post. It was developed by Marlet Property Group before being sold to Singaporean real estate investment firm Mapletree Investments for 240 million euros ($282 million) in June 2019.

A Google spokesperson said, “After extensive deliberation, Google has decided not to lease the sorting office at this time.”

Google declined to say why it pulled out of the deal, but said it was “committed to Ireland” and would “continue to invest” in its Irish operations.

Ireland has become a major hub for Google, Apple and Facebook. Many US companies have set up their European headquarters in the country, which has lower corporate taxes than the UK

Dublin’s Docklands area is already home to another large Google office and a Facebook office.

Many Google employees in Ireland work in customer service roles and it’s possible Google has decided it’s happy for them to work from home.

Google, which employs around 200,000 people globally, initially said employees should expect to return to the office in January 2021.

In May, Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai expanded the search giant’s work from home.

“To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we’re extending our global voluntary work-from-home option through June 30, 2021 for roles that don’t need to be in the office,” Pichai said.

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