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Apple's European HQ, Hollyhill, Cork

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Apple's European HQ, Hollyhill, Cork

US tech giant Apple is to expand its Hollyhill campus in Cork to house new and existing staff.

The new four-storey building will be able to accommodate 1,300 staff, some of which will be new hires, the company said.

The planning application was due to be lodged with Cork City Council and published on Tuesday.

The new campus will include offices, meeting rooms, a car park and green communal spaces on lands adjacent to David McCarthy Road and Nash’s Boreen.

There will be bike and scooter storage, electric vehicle charging points and an extended shuttle service and public transport to the campus.

The facility will run on 100pc renewable energy, Apple said, with solar panels built on to all of the new structures and a pedestrian link to existing buildings. Apple has been carbon neutral since 2020 and aims to extend that to its supply chain by 2030.

Apple has been in Ireland since 1980 and has invested more than €250m in its Cork campus over the last five years to accommodate its growing teams.

It is the largest private employer in Cork, with approximately 6,000 employees in the city.

Cathy Kearney, Apple’s vice-president of European operations, said the firm will “continue to create new jobs” in the country.

“We’ve called Cork home for more than 40 years, and are thrilled to accelerate our investments here as we grow our team and expand our campus.

“We are proud to be part of the community here, and with this new project, we will continue to create new jobs, support local organisations, and drive innovation on behalf of our customers.”

The announcement follows last month's opening of a new engineering and test facility in the Cork campus to analyse Apple products for Europe.

“Apple was a trailblazer in technology at the time they established operations in Cork and their presence here gave, and continues to give, confidence to many more global tech companies to locate in Ireland,” said Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

Apple estimates it supports up to 30,000 Irish jobs.

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Tánaiste and Enterprise Minister Leo Varadkar also hailed Apple’s employment creation.


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