By Andrew Bushe
DUBLIN — The U.S.-based 3Com computer network company is expanding its Irish operations to set up a £23 million European operations center in Dublin.
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said the project would provide 250 jobs and will be grant-assisted by the Irish Industrial Authority.
3Com, which first came to Ireland in 1991, already employs 1,150 at Blanchardstown involved in manufacturing, customer service and sales and marketing.
The new jobs will be introduced over the next four years and will be primarily aimed at graduates.
Ahern, who visited 3Com’s headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., earlier this year, said the expansion "underlines Ireland’s continuing ability to provide the high-skilled people and the support infrastructure such an operation requires."
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The taoiseach paid tribute to the company for investing in research and development in Dublin.
A new Institute of Technology has been established in Blanchardstown, where a substantial number of high-tech companies are locating major developments.