The founder and chief executive of online survey company SurveyMonkey has said the company plans to grow its presence in Ireland despite the phasing out of the Double Irish tax loophole.

Speaking to RTÉ News at the Web Summit, Dave Goldberg said the firm had opened an office in Ireland earlier this year, which has already grown from 15 to 30 employees.

He said it continues to hire more staff in customer operations, financing, accounts and sales, as Dublin is a central hub in Europe for the company.

The Irish tax system was a minor consideration for it, he said, as it already had a company based in Luxembourg, which has pretty good tax rates.

Ireland is much more about talent and the pool that exists in the country is very deep, with access to people from every part of Europe, he said.

This is day two of the Web Summit at the RDS in Dublin.

Among the main keynote speakers today is Tony Fadell, the founder and CEO of smart home device company Nest, which was bought by Google earlier this year for $3.2bn (€2.5bn).

Model and actress Lily Cole also spoke on the centre stage, as well as Michelle Peluso, the chief executive of online fashion retailer Gilt, and executives from Twitter and Facebook.

More than 20,000 people from more than 100 countries are attending the Web Summit, which organisers claim is Europe's largest tech event.

This year's event comprises 600 speakers, nine stages and a cinema for summits based around music, film, sport, food and technology.