The IDA is to give a special recognition award to Google.

The gesture is in recognition of the company's contribution to foreign direct in investment in Ireland over the last 18 years.

The award will be presented to Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, at an event in the US in September.

The Tanaiste, Leo Varadkar, along with IDA boss, Martin Shanahan, will make the presentation.

"Google has had a remarkable success story here and the impact it has had on Irish society and the economy has been significant", said Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland.

"IDA Ireland introduced this annual Special Recognition Award in January 2020 as we believe it is important that we celebrate the huge contribution our 1600+ FDI companies have made to Ireland."

Google currently employs 8,000 people here in Ireland.

"We established an office in 2003 with just five employees committed to making Ireland a home for Google and a hub for our EMEA operations," said Nick Leeder, Vice-President of Google Ireland.

"Our incredible team plays a critical role in driving Google forward right across the region and I’m honoured that this award will recognise their contributions."

Over 257,000 people work for multinational companies in Ireland.

Last year the IDA presented the first such award to Apple.