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As Silicon Valley swings the axe, Ireland counts the cost of its tech addiction

By Matthew Field

23 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

When Google’s executives landed at Dublin Airport two decades ago on a scouting trip for a potential European head office, they were ferried by Irish government officials to the city’s down-at-heel docklands.

At the time, Google was a minnow with only around 500 staff. It was looking to expand internationally and initially favoured opening up in Switzerland.

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