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Dell LogoDell today announced that it is creating 100 new Innovation Technology R&D roles at its Limerick Campus. This investment in digital innovation will support the company's ongoing technology transformation enhancing the end to end sales, customer and partner experience. Today's investment builds on an announcement in October which saw 60 Dell Commerce Services roles created at the R&D Centre in Dublin, to drive the transformation of Dell's online platform. With the creation of the two Centres Ireland will become a central development hub for Dell's Innovation Technology team.

Dell constantly evaluates its technology tools and processes with the aim of enhancing the overall customer experience. The team in Limerick will focus on creating more ease and flexibility in the end-to-end customer journey including the sales experience. The investment builds on Dell's commitment to Ireland and highlights the significant role that the operations in Cork, Limerick and Dublin continue to play in Dell's vision to become a preferred technology solutions provider for customers globally. Recruitment for the new jobs, primarily highly skilled engineering roles, will commence straight away.

The Limerick based R&D team will work closely with the R&D team based in Cherrywood, Co. Dublin as well as with IT colleagues located across the globe to help support and drive Dell's overall digital transformation strategy.

The announcement was welcomed in Limerick today by Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD and Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ged Nash TD.

Minister Noonan said, "The announcement by Dell that they are creating 100 new R&D roles at its Limerick campus is great news for Limerick. This jobs announcement demonstrates Dell's commitment to Ireland and its confidence in the highly skilled workers who will apply for these roles. This announcement emphasises the commitment the Government has to job creation in every region in the country and to create full employment by 2018. I wish Dell the very best for the future as they develop their Limerick Campus."

Minister Nash said, "Today's announcement by Dell of 100 new R&D roles here in the Limerick campus is fantastic news for the county and a real vote of confidence in the calibre of the workforce available to it in the wider region. These jobs are highly skilled engineering jobs and build on the recent announcement by Dell in Dublin of 60 R&D jobs. Dell is one of the biggest companies in the world and I really welcome its commitment to Ireland, with more than 2,300 people employed at its campuses here in Limerick, Cork and Dublin. I would like to congratulate Paul and Aongus and all the team at Dell as they continue to innovate and grow."

In Limerick, to announce the investment, Dell's Chief Information Officer, Paul J. Walsh said: "We know that the level of technical talent in Ireland is great and we're excited to tap into it, augmenting the existing talent that we have here already. Today's announcement represents a significant milestone in our plan for Ireland to become a central development hub for Dell's Innovation Technology team. As a global end to end solutions provider, we have the ability to quickly meet the evolving needs of our customers. The efforts of the IT team in Ireland will serve a critical role in driving our Dell IT innovation efforts and positioning Dell as a true end-to-end IT solutions provider."

Aongus Hegarty, President, Dell EMEA said: "It's a testament to the highly skilled talent available in Ireland that we're continuing to invest in the region. Today's announcement underscores Dell's commitment to our operations in Ireland and highlights the significant role that our people in Limerick, Cork and Dublin play within our global business."

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland said: "Research and development is an extremely important function within Dell. The announcement of 100 highly-skilled R&D jobs in Dell's Limerick facility is a sign of the quality of talent that is emerging from our third level institutions across the region. Limerick and the Mid-West region continue to attract some of the best companies in the world."