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Apple to hire 300 more

APPLE now employs more than 2,000 people at its facility in Holyhill, Cork and there are plans to recruit a further 300 personnel in the next year.

The new roles will follow the 500 or so new staff hired in the past six months, most of whom have been in production and sales roles.

Industry sources believe the bulk of the next 300 new roles will be in production of the Mac Pro, the company's high-end desktop computer.

The imminent international release of the iPad, which has been hugely successful in the United States, will also lead to more sales staff being taken on in Ireland.