In a move that has been considered "a huge boost" for Ireland, Apple has decided to invest in its facilities within the Emerald Isle. According to a recent report from the Irish Times, Apple is expected to build additional facilities in Cork.
The new office spaces will be ready in a year and a half.
"Apple has been in Cork for over 30 years and we are thrilled to be expanding our presence there.
"Our plans will add over 500 new jobs to support our growing business across Europe," explained one company representative.
Apple's European headquarters, located in Hollyhill, consists of a workforce of about 2,800 employees. The workers based in this location manage distribution, supply chain and back-office operations.
Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton, has confirmed Apple's plans in the region and revealed that Apple's officials met with the local authorities over a period of several months before finalising the project.
"It is a great testament to the company's workforce, a great vote of confidence in the future of our economy, and it shows what is possible for Ireland at the heart of a stable Europe," stated Richard Bruton.
The Hollyhill facilities were established more than thirty years ago, and was the first Apple base to be set outside the US.