Indeed announced 500 new jobs for Dublin over the next 2 years.
Microsoft announced 600 new jobs for Dublin this AM to be filled over the coming 6 months.
This rental crisis is going to crisier!
How can Dublin be so attractive to international companies when it is such a hellhole for workers on the very moderate wages which those companies are willing to offer.
Think of all the gentrification that could be achieved in towns like Limerick or Athlone or Dundalk or Waterford with that sort investment.
Most of the skilled workers are in Dublin, or are willing to move there. Once you get outside Dublin and maybe Cork, recruiting skilled tech workers becomes very difficult. This isn't just an Irish phenomenon; the tech industry is very inclined to cluster, even where, on the face of it, it doesn't really make sense (Silicon Valley, say). I wouldn't take a job in Athlone, partially because I've lived in Dublin all my life and don't particularly want to leave, but also because, if the company went under, there'd likely be no replacement jobs locally, whereas in this industry there's plenty of competition for employees in Dublin.
Realistically, even if you don't need skilled workers, suddenly creating 1,000 jobs or whatever in a small town is probably a problem. In Dublin, sure, there's a housing crisis, but you can probably get your thousand people. In Dundalk, if 1,000 extra people suddenly show up, where the hell are they going to live? The problem is that we only really have one proper city, maybe two. This is hard to fix, and realistically probably won't be fixed, so hoping large employers will move to regional towns is not a good approach; effort should be concentrated on alleviating the housing (and transport) crisis in Dublin.