apple-tim-cook-290513Apple boss Tim Cooke made the announcement at a special briefing for staff at the firm’s plant in Cork.

The expansion was flagged last May when it emerged the US tech giant was examining a major expansion of its key Irish plant just months after completing a massive development.

The investments are seen as proof of the firm’s long-term commitment to Ireland. Taoiseach Enda Kenny said it was a massive boost for Cork and Ireland. “Apple’s plans for new facilities at their Cork campus that can house a further 1,000 jobs is a very welcome boost of confidence in Cork and the south west region.”
“The Government’s priority is to keep the recovery going by creating a positive environment for investment and jobs,” he said.

“Apple is proud of its long history in Ireland and the 4,000 people we employ in Cork. They serve our customers through manufacturing, tech support and other important functions,” a spokesperson said earlier this year.