THREE REASONS make the case for Facebook opening a Dublin office. First, an ivestment by IDA Ireland sweetens the already-obvious financial advantage accrued by lower corporate tax in Ireland. Second, it costs more to employ a programmer in Silicon Valley than it does in Dublin. Third, if Irish multi-lingual sales staff get thin on the ground, the Irish Department of Justice has been quick to accelerate requests for work permits needed by foreign nationals working to stoke Ireland's knowledge economy. I am one of the 308,000 people in Ireland on Facebook. I will buy a pint for the first person employed by Facebook Ireland who greets me in person (no poking).
John Collins -- "Facebook to set up international HQ in Dublin" in the Business News section of The Irish Times, 3 October 2008.