THE European Commission has ordered that Ireland demands back taxes from Apple of approximately €13 billion.

The Irish government and Apple, both separately intend to appeal the decision.

Apple has had operations in Cork since 1980, when the fledgling company opened its European Headquarters in the city. Almost 6,000 people are now employed there in a variety of roles, including manufacturing, supply chain management, operations, sales and risk management.

The company recently received planning permission for a new 15,000 square meter building to accommodate the new recruits.

According to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, “We are committed to Ireland and we plan to continue investing there, growing and serving our customers with the same level of passion and commitment. The company is in deep here, and although tax may have always been or may have become a major consideration, it is unlikely a change of policy is going to result in it suddenly downsizing or pulling out.”