Taoiseach Enda Kenny has hailed technology giant Apple's announcement that it is to create 500 jobs with the expansion of its European headquarters in Cork.
"With the top 10 global technology companies having a significant presence here, Ireland continues to be a powerhouse for technology."
"Apple has been in Cork for over 30 years and we are thrilled to be expanding our presence there," said Alan Hely, Apple Europe's Nike Shoes Low Cut 2017 senior director of corporate communications.
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Mr Hely advised people to monitor the company website for recruitment opportunities over the coming weeks.
"Our plans will add over 500 new jobs to support our growing business across Europe."
CIT's faculty of engineering and science, said Apple's expansion would create more job opportunities for CIT graduates.
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Production was later outsourced to sites in Wales and Singapore, resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs and prompting fears for the Irish operation. But a change from manufacturing to support services, and the success of new products such as the iPod and iPad, fuelled the growth of the Cork operation.
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ICT Ireland, which represents the hi tech sector, said the announcement reaffirms the strength of Ireland's technology sector.
"This is another decision of confidence in our country, in our future," he said.
"It's an indication that when you speak to chief executives and boards of multinationals, the way they look at Ireland is very different from the way that people at home look at our own country."
Apple also opened offices at city centre offices on Half Moon St last year.
Most of the high skilled jobs will be in technical support and online sales, and will bring total employment at the Hollyhill site to 3,300.
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support, backroom finance, and online sales. They are involved in manufacturing, including the high end Mac Pro computers, some of which can retail for up to 16,000.
The company confirmed the exact number of jobs yesterday after the Irish Examiner broke the news that it was lodging a planning application for a three storey office next to the Hollyhill plant. It followed the unveiling of plans this week for a new 3.5m road around the Apple site, the disposal of strategic tracts of nearby land to the IDA, and rezoning proposals.
In the mid 1990s, it was the main production centre for Apple's core products, including the Mac G3.
"An unprecedented 2,500 jobs have now been announced in the sector since the beginning of 2012, on foot of 4,000 new jobs announced in 2011," said director Paul Sweetman.
Apple opened the Hollyhill plant in 1980 its first base outside the US.
Richard Bruton, the enterprise minister, said the jobs boost was "a great vote of confidence in our economy".
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