US web firm Squarespace creates 100 jobs at new Irish base

A US web design company is to open its European headquarters in Dublin, creating 100 jobs in the process.

Squarespace, which runs an online publishing system that allows companies to create and maintain their websites, will open its first office outside of its New York HQ later this year.

The Dublin office will serve customers outside the US, with most staff working in customer care roles.

Announcing the investment, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Squarespace decision to open here was a "signal of Ireland's growing reputation as the internet capital of Europe".

"This means greater opportunities for our bright, highly skilled workforce, and the government is working to attract further investment," he added.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton described the move as "great news for the city and the sector".

Squarespace boss Anthony Casalena said he had chosen Dublin over several competitor cities elsewhere in Europe. The investment is being backed by the IDA.

The company has grown rapidly in recent years. Unlike other web design services, people using its platform don't need knowledge of computer code so it is much easier for anyone to build their website.