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Cork’s big bite of the Apple: MEP Kelly welcomes jobs boost

Published: Wed, 11 November 2015

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Seán Kelly MEP has welcomed the confirmation that Apple will be employing an additional 1,000 staff to its Cork office by mid-2017.

“This is a huge boost for Cork in my Ireland South constituency, which is already a leading tech hub in Ireland and for Europe, thanks to the strong presence of Apple.

“Apple will have a staff of 6,000 people employed in Ireland thanks to this latest announcement,” Mr Kelly said, speaking in Brussels today.

MEP Kelly added that the diverse skills required by companies like Apple should be reflected in our educational systems to ensure Ireland continues to equip young people with the skills to match labour market needs.

“Ireland already has a solid reputation for highly educated, capable human resources which helps attract major global companies to our country. Languages and tech skills will remain hugely important for the future. ICT skills are vital. Young people and students will have a world of opportunity at their feet if they focus on those skillsets, as evidenced by the growth of our digital economy via tech giants like Apple,” the Fine Gael MEP added.

Mr Kelly is a member of both the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy and International Trade Committees.

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