Thursday 30 June 2016

4,500 Apple staff evacuated after 'bomb threat'

Graham Clifford

Published 19/01/2016 | 02:30

Only a fraction of high end tech jobs are held by women, according to the European statistics agency Eurostat. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney / Provision
Only a fraction of high end tech jobs are held by women, according to the European statistics agency Eurostat. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney / Provision
Gardaí outside the offices of Apple at Lavitt's Quay in the city Photo Daragh Mc Sweeney / Provision

Gardaí are investigating the origins of a threatening message posted to the garda website which resulted in the evacuation of 4,500 Apple employees in Cork.

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Workers at three Apple premises in Cork, the Holyhill Industrial estate, Lavitt's Quay and on the Model Farm Road, were told to leave their workstations immediately following the security alert just after 9am yesterday.

The Irish Independent understands the message, which a garda spokesman described as a "very vague threat" and which was posted around 8.30am, warned that there was a device in one of Apple's facilities in the city.

Gardaí carried out extensive searches but no suspicious devices were found. "The standard operating procedures were carried out when a security alert such as this occurs," explained Superintendent Con Cadogan of Gurranabraher Garda Station. "The premises were searched and all employees were allowed re-enter the buildings once we were satisfied."

Workers evacuated from Apple's offices on Lavitt's Quay gathered at the Cork Opera House, just a few doors away, while their building was searched by gardaí.

"I'm sure it's just a hoax," said one employee, adding: "I mean this is Cork. Who would plant a bomb in Cork?"

But another worker told the Irish Independent: "For sure it's scary when you think about world terrorism and Apple is a major US company." Apple declined to comment.

Irish Independent

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