Opening Bell: Datalex creates 200 jobs, Airbnb founders' big giveaway, three Dublin hotels to be sold for €130m

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Dublin's Datalex, the travel software firm will create 200 jobs over the next 18 months, with half of these positions being based in the capital.

100 jobs will be located in Dublin's East Point Business Park, with the remaining positions at offices around the world including Manchester, Atlanta, and Beijing.

Aidan Rogan, CEO of Datalex told Newstalk that the firm is looking for "software developers, architects, project managers, testers, and business people" adding that these roles are "across the whole spectrum of the business."

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A portfolio of three Dublin hotels has been put up for sale with a price tag of €130m.

The Irish Independent reports that it understands that the Spencer Hotel and Morgan Hotel in Dublin's city center, and the Beacon Hotel in Sandyford are for sale, although they are not yet "formally on the market."

It is believed that CBRE will handle the sale of the properties which are managed by Fitzpatrick Lifestyle Hotels - the company has not commented.

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The co-founders of Airbnb have agreed to give away most of their fortunes to charity.

The four who set up the room-renting website are said to be worth $3.3bn dollars each.

They've joined Microsoft founder Bill Gates' Giving Pledge drive.

The money will go to the Gates Foundation which is focused on major health issues including malaria, polio, and family planning programmes.

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Ryanair has been forced to cancel 75 flights today as a result of ongoing strike action by French air traffic control staff.

Flights in and out of France will be grounded and there will be some restrictions to aircraft movement over the country.

The EU is being asked to prevent such disruption to flights.