Apple to expand its Cork plant in Ireland, adding more than 1,000 jobs

Apple has been granted planning permission for an expansion at its Hollyhill site in Cork, which will create up to an additional 1,000 jobs over the next 18 months, according to The Irish Times. It will bring the total workforce there to 6,000 and also include a 752-space parking lot.

The company, which has been based in Cork since 1980 and currently employs more than 5,000 people in Ireland, is to construct a new building at the Hollyhill site, the article adds. The news comes following a 25% increase in the company’s workforce over the past 12 months.

An Bord Pleanála, a government-funded planning body, gave the expansion plan the go-ahead after dismissing an appeal against the development by local residents, according to Business World. Local residents of Hollyhill objected to the project, saying they would be "practically living in an industrial estate" if Apple was granted permission to expand.