EU approves merger of EMC and Dell (both of which have Cork offices)

2 March 2016
By Bryan Smyth

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune – who is based in Cork – has said that the European Commission has just approved the acquisition of EMC by computer technology company Dell, under the EU Merger Regulation. Dell employs around 2,500 workers at sites in Limerick, Cork and Dublin. EMC employs over 3,000 people primarily at its Centre of Excellence in Cork and 50 in Dublin. EMC sister company, virtualisation and cloud infrastructure player VMware, employs 750 people in Cork.


Speaking after the takeover was cleared by Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Clune said that the new merged operation should strengthen Dell and EMC bases in Cork and Limerick and allow them to grow and expand the amount of quality jobs on offer.

“EMC has been based at Ovens in Cork since 1988 and has become an integral part of the Cork community. Dell has also been a large employer in both Limerick and Cork.

Deirdre Clune MEP is based in Cork
Deirdre Clune MEP is based in Cork

“I would think that both companies have long and proud associations with communities in both Limerick and Cork and I would expect that they will continue as quality employers in the region.

“The Commission have said that they are confident that the acquisition will have no adverse effects on customers and I welcome that.

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