HP expands in Galway

The maker of expensive printer ink, HP is expanding its operations in Ireland.

The outfit announced that it is increasing the size of its Galway operation by 105 jobs.

The jobs are to be located in the global IT division at the company’s campus in Ballybrit and will be aimed at IT graduates up to PhD level and are focused on enterprise data architecture and the latest in software engineering – and testing to support HP’s enterprise business unit. Apparently 50 to 70 of the positions will be filled immediately.

Enterprise Minister Batt O’Keeffe said that the 105 jobs were a significant boost for research and development in Ireland.

He claimed that HP has chosen Galway for these highly strategic and knowledge-based roles in a move that reinforces “our global reputation for high-end research and development activity”.

“The investment shows that we can compete for highly skilled jobs in the information technology sector as we forge ahead with efforts to make Ireland Europe’s innovation hub,” said Mr O’Keeffe.

This might be true, and given the Irish economic situation it is good news. However HP has “been encouraged” to expand in Ireland by IDA Ireland.

HP wants to shift towards research and development and the Galway site is handy for institutions such as LERO, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre at Limerick University.

The maker of expensive printer ink employs more than 4,000 workers in Leixlip, Co Kildare, Dublin, Galway and Belfast. There were fears in the Emerald Isle when HP announced plans to cut 9,000 jobs worldwide. After all if doom is flying around the world, it will almost certainly land in Ireland.

However it turned out that the cuts were part of HP’s move to fully-automated data centres and since there were none in Ireland, it did not look like there would be a reprise of the famine this time.