Amazon is to open its first warehouse, or fulfilment centre, in the Republic of Ireland, creating 500 new jobs to help meet customer demand.

Amazon said the new 630,000 square foot centre at Baldonnell Business Park in Dublin, will hold millions of items to be picked, packed and shipped to customers across Ireland as well as the rest of Europe.

The company said the new centre, which will open next spring, will provide faster delivery for customers across Ireland, including one-day delivery on thousands of items.

It said that recruitment has started for a range of new roles for the centre, including engineers, HR and IT professionals, health and safety, finance specialists and operations managers.

Recruitment for the Amazon workers who will pick, pack and ship customer orders will begin next year.

Meanwhile, Amazon also said that a second delivery station will open at Northwest Logistics Park in Ballycoolin, serving customers in Dublin and the surrounding areas.

The delivery station will create over 20 permanent jobs, in addition to dozens of driver opportunities for Amazon Logistics' delivery service partners and Amazon Flex delivery partners.

The 83,500 square foot building is expected to be fully operational this autumn.

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The first delivery station in Ireland opened last October in Rathcoole in Dublin, creating more than 20 permanent jobs and working with 10 independent delivery companies who hired more than 150 drivers.

Last year Amazon announced plans to create another 1,000 permanent jobs in Ireland over the next two years bringing Amazon's total permanent workforce in the country to over 5,000 people by 2022.

The company said the new fulfilment centre and its second Irish delivery station builds on its continued commitment to, and investment in, the country after opening the first Amazon office in Ireland in September 2004.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, said today's announcment strongly underscores Amazon's continued commitment to Ireland.

Workers fulfill orders at an Amazon fulfilment centre in North Carolina in the US

"Since Amazon’s arrival here in 2004, it has become a significant source of employment - today’s announcement will bring its total workforce to over 5,000," he said.

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, said that Amazon has had a presence in Ireland for 17 years, growing and expanding its range of activities which has contributed significantly to Ireland’s tech ecosystem and our reputation as a global tech hub.

"It is great to see Ireland continuing to attract investment and playing such an important part in the future plans of this global company. Amazon’s ongoing commitment to Ireland is most welcome," he added.

Amazon said it pays all its employees in Ireland, whether they are full-time, part-time, temporary, or seasonal, at least €12 per hour.