eBay set to close Dundalk premises next year

August 29, 2016

Tech giant eBay has announced it is closing its operation at the Xerox Technology Park in Dundalk next year.  Staff at the Dundalk site were informed of the impending closure last Thursday.  It is believed the closure, which is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017, will result in 150 job losses at the company.

Speculation about the future of eBay in Dundalk has been rife for some months following the separation of eBay Inc and PayPal businesses. The split saw PayPal take over as landlords of the Dundalk facility, which both companies had been operating from.  PayPal subsequently advised eBay of its plans to expand its business next year to the 1,800 jobs they hope to eventually bring to the area and it requested that the eBay tenants leave the facility so it could occupy the space.

It is understood that PayPal may absorb some of the eBay job losses, however it is not currently known if eBay staff will be offered relocation to the company’s Blanchardstown site.

In a statement released last Thursday, eBay said it would begin a formal consultation process with the Dundalk staff and would share any further information with them “as a matter of priority.”

Following the announcement, PayPal moved to reaffirm its commitment to its growing Operations Centres in Dundalk and Dublin.

“Our teams in Dundalk and Dublin play an integral part in our European and Global Operations,” said a PayPal spokesperson.

“Today PayPal employs more than 2,600 teammates across both sites, and we’re on track to reach 3,000 by 2018. This commitment is in line with our previous jobs announcements.

“Our operations will expand and move into the office space vacated by eBay.”

The Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor described the job losses as a blow and said she had no idea the closure announcement was coming. She added that it was important to highlight that eBay are leaving because PayPal are expanding and said eBay staff would be highly regarded as skillful and multilingual employees.

The Minister said she will now be working to ensure the IDA works with the staff affected to ensure that other jobs are available.

Sinn Fein Deputy Gerry Adams said the impending closure was “dreadful news for the staff of eBay and their families” and called for the government to engage with the workers affected.

PRO of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, Paddy Malone said the closure of ebay was a ‘body blow’ to the town, particularly following the North’s recent Brexit vote.

“I’m disappointed that the government didn’t do more to keep Ebay in Dundalk,” he said adding that he hoped PayPal would be in a position to offer jobs to some of the affected staff.

Mr Malone also demanded a better explanation as why the closure is happening considering the availability of other premises in the town.