Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation and Limerick City TD Willie O’Dea has welcomed the announcement by Dell that it will create 150 additional jobs at its Limerick and Dublin operations in the area of cloud computing.

Deputy O’Dea said: “In light of the difficulties that have previously beset the operation at Dell, particularly in the Limerick, I am delighted by this announcement which is very significant for Limerick and for Ireland.  I have maintained the view for some time that cloud computing was an area in which Ireland could quickly become a leading global hub and I hope we’re seeing the beginning of that today.”

“I warmly welcome the views expressed by Dell today that Limerick remains a major part of the company’s European operations and that staff at the plant are providing excellent support for Dell operations in Ireland.”

Cloud computing is the storage and accessing of files, data and software, on remote servers stored online, and replaces the need for extensive hardware and software, whether on a personal computer or a company network.

Deputy O’Dea concluded: “The Government has set an ambitious target of creating 8,500 jobs in the area of cloud computing by 2014.  I welcome this but I feel more strategic co-ordination by Minister Bruton needs to be brought to this.”