Accenture is opening a 200-person 'innovation and incubation hub' in Dublin

The consultancy firm said it plans to add hundreds of staff to its Irish outpost this year.

By Fora Staff

ACCENTURE WILL LAUNCH a 200-person ’innovation and incubation hub’ in Dublin as the consultancy firm plans to “grow and deepen its presence” in Ireland.

The company said it will add more than 300 technology and design workers to its payroll this year, 100 of whom will be located at The Dock – a new research and development hub officially opened today.

The professional services company already employs over 2,200 people in Ireland.

Accenture said the new employees will work across a range of areas including artificial intelligence, the ‘Internet of Things’, and in industries from financial services to consumer goods.

The IDA-supported The Dock is located at Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock, and the company describes it as one of the world’s “most connected and intelligent buildings” as it uses sensors to learn from occupant behaviour and react to user feedback.

The latest expansion follows on from an announcement in January 2016 that the firm was adding 250 staff in Dublin.

Accenture chairman and CEO Pierre Nanterme said the company was “proud to build on (its) long history in Ireland”.

The company’s move comes as other consultancy firms pump investment into their Irish-based innovation projects.

Deloitte last year announced it was making Dublin the base for its Europe-wide development of blockchain, the technology that underpins Bitcoin.

The firm also revealed yesterday it had acquired Red Planet, a Dublin tech consultancy that emerged from the Wayra startup accelerator after that project was shuttered.

Reporting by Sean Murray and Peter Bodkin