FINE Gael TD for Cork North Central, Dara Murphy, has today (Friday) welcomed the announcement that Apple is to expand its operations in Cork city, with the creation of 500 new jobs over the next 18 months. Deputy Murphy added that the announcement would offer a considerable boost to graduates and jobseekers struggling to find work locally.
“I was delighted to get confirmation this morning that Apple is expanding its operations in Cork city, to cater for its business in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. Its workforce will grow to 3,300 once the expansion is complete next year.
“Apple has enjoyed a bumper boost in revenues over the last year and I think it’s a huge demonstration of confidence in the local workforce that the company has chosen to expand its local operations here in Cork, rather than at any of its many other locations across the globe.
“Under the plans announced this morning, a new three-storey office block will be constructed at Apple’s European HQ in Hollyhill to cater for its expanded workforce. Most of the 500 high skilled jobs will be in tech support and online sales.
“The Hollyhill site now plays a vital role in Apple’s international operations. The company is valued at over $600 billion and its decision to expand in Cork is yet more proof of Ireland’s ability to attract the world’s top technology firms.
“We now need to build on today’s positive announcement, and do all we can to continue to attract high value investment to the city and county. With the recent announcement from Big Fish Games that it is also expanding its operations in Cork underlines the fact that the city has carved out a reputation as a high tech hub.
“I think that the Apple announcement further highlights the benefits for the region if a direct air link was developed between Cork and the USA. I intend to progress the issue with the Government in the coming months. I would also like to pay tribute to the Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton, for his efforts in recent months, which I understand were instrumental in securing these 500 jobs.”