Apple’s Ireland-based arm has received approval for expansion at its Hollyhill site in Cork, allowing the company to create up to an additional 1,000 jobs over the next 18 months, reports the Irish Times (via AppleInsider).
Apple currently has more than 5,000 employees in Ireland. During the past twelve months, the company has increased its workforce by 25%. Now it plans to construct a new building at the Hollyhill site, news that wasn’t to the liking of everyone.
According to the local newspaper, residents of Ardcullen in Hollyhill objected to the expansion because of the impact of construction, which would affect the views of the area, and the increased pressure from traffic, despite the plan complying with the Cork City Development Plan.
Constructing the four-storey office and the 752-car space will create 200 jobs, says Apple. The new building is expected to be functional by the middle of next year, although the appeal by residents has pushed back the timeline for the project by several months.
The approval for expansion follows another green light received from Irish planning body An Bord Pleanála, which finally allowed Apple to start building the first data hall for its huge new data centre near the west coast of Ireland.