Apple renewing plans for Cork, Ireland expansion to accommodate 1,000 employees

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Apple has reportedly renewed plans to expand its office footprint in Cork, Ireland to allow up to 1,000 new employees further cementing Apple's relationship with the Irish city.

The current Apple campus in Cork, Ireland
The current Apple campus in Cork, Ireland


Apple is already Cork's largest employer with over 6,000 workers at its locations in the city. Apple recently celebrated its 40th year in Cork, having moved in in 1980 with only 60 employees.

Apple reportedly was seeking out a new office space in early 2020, but had to stop when the coronavirus moved everyone home and changed the "work from home" mentality at Apple. Real estate insiders in Ireland claim that Apple will continue to seek expansion into 2021, and it is eyeing 100,000 square feet in Cork's docklands.

Apple has already invested a great deal of money into its developments. Nearly $270 million was invested in Apple's Hollyhill HQ in recent years which aided the addition of 1,400 extra staff. The Irish Examiner notes that Apple isn't the only one in the market for new real estate, as Amazon seeks up to 100,000 square feet for 1,000 new employees as well.

It seems the two rival companies will have their pick over location, however, as Cork has been expanding its business developments. There are over 1 million square feet of available real estate waiting to be bought by eager tech companies.

Apple has not made any comment on its intent to expand in Ireland, nor has it altered its request for 100,000 square feet since the pandemic began. It is unknown if Apple will need more or less space given the shift to work from home and other coronavirus-related changes.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 5,039member
    You would think Apple would be reconsidering this relationship with all the pain they went through with the EU coming in 35 yrs later saying the Ireland/Apple deal was bad for the EU citizens and Apple was not paying its fair share. Does anyone think all those Billions Apple will pay will end up in the hands of the average EU citizen let alone the average Irish citizen. The EU plans to slap apple yet again with new taxes, if all the US companies just decide to shut it all down in the EU for a few days do you think they would think twice. 
  • Reply 2 of 5
    JWSCJWSC Posts: 1,202member
    maestro64 said:
    You would think Apple would be reconsidering this relationship with all the pain they went through with the EU coming in 35 yrs later saying the Ireland/Apple deal was bad for the EU citizens and Apple was not paying its fair share. Does anyone think all those Billions Apple will pay will end up in the hands of the average EU citizen let alone the average Irish citizen. The EU plans to slap apple yet again with new taxes, if all the US companies just decide to shut it all down in the EU for a few days do you think they would think twice. 
    Well, the reality is that the EU is slapping their own citizens with new taxes. Apple will simply pass it on.  This will drive prices up and Apple may sell fewer widgets.  It’s a lose-lose situation from that perspective.

    Nevertheless, the EU remains a large market that Apple is not going to ignore and will continue to serve.  And Ireland will benefit greatly from Apple’s continued presence and expansion.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    maestro64 said:
    You would think Apple would be reconsidering this relationship with all the pain they went through with the EU coming in 35 yrs later saying the Ireland/Apple deal was bad for the EU citizens and Apple was not paying its fair share. Does anyone think all those Billions Apple will pay will end up in the hands of the average EU citizen let alone the average Irish citizen. The EU plans to slap apple yet again with new taxes, if all the US companies just decide to shut it all down in the EU for a few days do you think they would think twice. 
    You do know Ireland repeatedly say no for the extra tax from Apple, right?
  • Reply 4 of 5
    hentaiboyhentaiboy Posts: 1,249member
    Seems like a lot of the jobs there are for “Annotation Analysts”, i.e. improving Siri’s language skills.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    maestro64 said:
    You would think Apple would be reconsidering this relationship with all the pain they went through with the EU coming in 35 yrs later saying the Ireland/Apple deal was bad for the EU citizens and Apple was not paying its fair share. Does anyone think all those Billions Apple will pay will end up in the hands of the average EU citizen let alone the average Irish citizen. The EU plans to slap apple yet again with new taxes, if all the US companies just decide to shut it all down in the EU for a few days do you think they would think twice. 
    As long as those extra taxes, penalties or EU mandated fees result in increased costs for customers THERE and not in the US, let them do their worst.
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