Today Apple news, Apple Celebrates 40 Years of its Campus in Cork, Ireland.
Apple on Tuesday celebrated the 40th anniversary of its campus in Cork, Ireland. the site started as a manufacturing plant, but does not include AppleCare operations, logistics and serves the company’s European headquarters.
Four decades of Apple in Cork, Ireland
Cathy Kearney, vice president of European operations at Apple, has worked for Apple in Cork for more than 30 of her 40 years there. Commenting on the anniversary, she said:
The Cork campus is more than a place – we are family. And every day, we strive to defend Apple’s collective values through our work, whether it’s protecting our planet, defending the right to privacy, or ensuring that education and technology are accessible to all. I am very honored to work with such a talented, diverse and compassionate team every day.
Apple’s presence in Ireland has, however, been the subject of a long-standing dispute with the EU. The European Commission has alleged that Apple has to reimburse 13 billion euros in taxes. This is disputed by Apple and the Irish government. However, the commission said in September it would appeal a judgment dismissing its claims.
A sense of community and collective values is at the heart of the story Apple tries to tell about its Cork campus. For example, a staff member, Alvaro Porcel, talks about the work of the on-site team for Age Action – a charity offering free tech lessons for the elderly. “It’s a charity that is close to my heart,” he said. “It’s not just about learning to use your device. There is also a huge social aspect. Most of these elderly people are very isolated. Before COVID-19, there were weekly face-to-face events, but now we have phone calls instead, and when they tell you, ‘This is the only phone call I’m going to get today’ ‘, you can feel how much that means to them.
Apple works with students in Cork
Apple works with students from a local school in Cork. For the past five years, employees have helped teach students at Terence MacSwiney School about coding, music, photography and video. In addition, students participate in Apple’s Transition Year experience. More than 1,600 students came to the company’s campus and discovered the career opportunities. “That kind of side-by-side mentoring, you can’t buy that – it’s just invaluable,” commented school principal Phil O’Flynn.