Tim Cook Visits Ireland as Apple Promotes Its Support of Over 1.7 Million Jobs in Europe

Apple CEO Tim Cook has arrived in Ireland, the latest destination on his European tour, which has included stops in Italy and the Netherlands.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook and Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar, the Taoiseach or Prime Minister of Ireland, tweeted that he had a "good meeting" with Cook in the capital of Dublin on Monday. It's unclear what was discussed, but it appears to have been a routine meeting.


Cook has since headed to Cork, where Apple's European headquarters are located. There, he will formally announce an expansion of its Hollyhill campus. Apple says a new building will provide space for an additional 1,400 employees. Since 2012, Apple says it has invested nearly €220 million to develop the facility.

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Apple's campus in Cork

Apple, on its recently updated Job Creation page in Europe, says it is Cork's "largest private employer" and "proud" that many of its employees in the area have worked at the company for decades.

Apple's website notes that it "has been based in Cork for over 35 years and now directly employs 6,000 people throughout Ireland supporting all aspects of the business." The company also says its Irish team has "doubled in size over the last five years and includes over 80 different nationalities."

Apple says Cork is home to its "only wholly owned manufacturing facility in the world. It provides configure-to-order iMacs which are for customers across Europe, Middle East, and Africa." AppleCare support for those regions is also based in Cork.

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Nicole, a Product Quality Engineer, at Apple's iMac facility in Cork

While in Cork, Cook also visited The English Market, according to photos shared on Twitter. Earlier, in Dublin, he met with developers from Hostelworld. The app, featured on Apple's website, allows travelers to search for and book thousands of hostels in more than 170 countries around the world.


All of this amounts to good PR for Apple in Ireland, just over a month after it abandoned its plans to build a $1 billion data center in the country due to "delays in the approval process," primarily due to concerns from some local residents. Apple and Ireland are also in a major tax dispute with the European Commission.

Apple's updated Job Creation page also reveals that it now supports 1.7 million jobs across Europe, including around 1.5 million jobs attributable to the App Store ecosystem, some 170,000 jobs supported by Apple's supply chain in Europe, and some 22,000 direct Apple employees in 19 countries across the continent.

Since the App Store was created, Apple says it has now paid €20 billion to European app developers. The company says the United Kingdom leads Europe in terms of jobs linked to App Store development, at 291,000.

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willyx Avatar
79 months ago
They're based in Ireland because of the unparalleled innovation ecosystem and greatly qualified human resources there.

Not because of tax deals.

/s
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Buck Mulligan Avatar
79 months ago
('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/19/tim-cook-visits-ireland/')


Apple CEO Tim Cook has arrived in Ireland, the latest destination on his European tour, which has included stops in Italy ('https://twitter.com/setteBIT/status/1006196865451380736') and the Netherlands ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/18/apple-ceo-tim-cook-in-amsterdam-iphone/').


Apple CEO Tim Cook and Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar, the Taoiseach or Prime Minister of Ireland, tweeted that he had a "good meeting" with Cook ('https://twitter.com/campaignforleo/status/1008773520602599424') in the capital of Dublin on Monday. It's unclear what was discussed, but it appears to have been a routine meeting.



Cook has since headed to Cork, where Apple's European headquarters are located. There, he will formally announce an expansion of its Hollyhill campus. Apple says a new building will provide space for an additional 1,400 employees. Since 2012, Apple says it has invested nearly EUR220 million to develop the facility.


Apple's campus in Cork

Apple, on its recently updated Job Creation page ('https://www.apple.com/uk/job-creation/') in Europe, says it is Cork's "largest private employer" and "proud" that many of its employees in the area have worked at the company for decades.

Apple's website notes that it "has been based in Cork for over 35 years and now directly employs 6,000 people throughout Ireland supporting all aspects of the business." The company also says its Irish team has "doubled in size over the last five years and includes over 80 different nationalities."

Apple says Cork is home to its "only wholly owned manufacturing facility in the world. It provides configure-to-order iMacs which are for customers across Europe, Middle East, and Africa." AppleCare support for those regions is also based in Cork.


Nicole, a Product Quality Engineer, at Apple's iMac facility in Cork

While in Cork, Cook also visited The English Market, according to photos shared on Twitter. Earlier, in Dublin, he met with developers from Hostelworld ('https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/app/hostelworld-hostels-hotels/id348890820?mt=8'). The app, featured on Apple's website, allows travelers to search for and book thousands of hostels in more than 170 countries around the world.



All of this amounts to good PR for Apple in Ireland, just over a month after it abandoned its plans to build a $1 billion data center in the country ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/05/10/apple-ditches-plans-for-irish-data-center/') due to "delays in the approval process," primarily due to concerns from some local residents ('https://www.macrumors.com/2017/10/19/apples-irish-data-center-challenge/'). Apple and Ireland are also in a major tax dispute with the European Commission ('https://www.macrumors.com/2016/08/29/eu-rules-apple-received-illegal-state-aid-ireland/').

Apple's updated Job Creation page also reveals that it now supports 1.7 million jobs across Europe, including around 1.5 million jobs attributable to the App Store ecosystem, some 170,000 jobs supported by Apple's supply chain in Europe, and some 22,000 direct Apple employees in 19 countries across the continent.

Since the App Store was created, Apple says it has now paid EUR20 billion to European app developers. The company says the United Kingdom leads Europe in terms of jobs linked to App Store development, at 291,000.

Article Link: Tim Cook Visits Ireland as Apple Promotes Its Job Creation in Europe ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/19/tim-cook-visits-ireland/')
[doublepost=1529416667][/doublepost]And not a single Apple Store in the Republic of Ireland.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
The Phazer Avatar
79 months ago
They're based in Ireland because of the unparalleled innovation ecosystem and greatly qualified human resources there.

Not because of tax deals.

/s
Yep. Who are Apple trying to kid here? They have some staff in Ireland, but not that many, and the massive tax dodge the Irish government gave them effectively made those employees free.

And all the decision making staff were placed in London...
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Krayzkat Avatar
79 months ago
[doublepost=1529416667][/doublepost]And not a single Apple Store in the Republic of Ireland.
Yes, it's absolutely ridiculous they don't have any retail stores in EIRE. It's like they are taking the p*ss..... they launder their money through Ireland, but any customers over there that have a problem with their iphones/ipads can have the hassle of 3rd party repair shops.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Substance90 Avatar
79 months ago
Apple runs a business that is owned by shareholders. Do you think it’s wrong for any company to maximize tax advantages while also following every US and foreign tax law to the letter?

Why should they pay more tax than they have to? Apple is already the largest taxpayer in he world.

Welcome to business.
Hm, this might be true in absolute sense but as a percentage of total income they are one of the smallest taxpayers in the world. Heck, every broke ass freelancer is a bigger tax payer than them as a percentage of income.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tridley68 Avatar
79 months ago
If she gonna bother wearing gloves at least tie that hair up too
That explains why there is a hair behind my I pad pro screen.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)