Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton has welcomed today’s announcement by Apple that it intends to extend its Holyhill campus to allow for an additional 1,000 employees. This is huge boost for the Cork and East Cork area and the country’s continued economic recovery.

“The construction of a new building by Apple is great news for enterprise and employment in the Cork area as it will allow for recruitment of an additional 1,000 people by mid-2017. This comes in addition to another 1,000 jobs already created by Apple in the past 12 months. Apple now directly employs over 5,000 people here and supports a further 18,000 jobs across the country.

“In addition to the substantial investment in the Cork campus, Apple has also announced a partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to support research in offshore energy technology and is establishing a €1 million ‘Ocean Energy Industry Fund’. This new fund will support innovation and technology in the wave energy sector, a vital and under-utilised renewable energy source here.

“The continued investment by Apple in Cork is testament to the quality of our workforce, the business environment in Cork and the strength of the technology sector. Commitment by multi-nationals to the area is also being matched by Government commitments to improve infrastructure in the Cork area. The Dunkettle Interchange upgrade for example, included in the recent €6 million allocation for roads infrastructure in the Government Capital Investment Plan, is vital if Cork is to continue to attract a large array of multinational investment.