Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with reporters and fans at an Apple store event The company will add as many as 1000 jobs at its European headquarters in Cork Ireland Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with reporters and fans at an Apple store event. The company will add as many as 1,000 jobs at its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland.

Apple Smiles on Irish Eyes: 1,000 New Jobs on Emerald Isle

The tech giant helped blaze a trail for Silicon Valley powers to set up shop in Ireland, and will add the positions at its European headquarters in Cork within the next two years.

DUBLIN — Apple will create as many as 1,000 jobs at its European headquarters in Cork, southern Ireland, by mid-2017, the Irish government announced Wednesday.

The announcement coincides with a visit to Dublin by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who met with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. Kenny tweeted, “Great to chat with Tim Cook on the day Apple announce 1000 new jobs in Cork.”

European Affairs and Data Protection Minister Dara Murphy added in a statement that Apple would be making “a very significant investment in their facility.”

“I am delighted that the fruits of recovery are now being felt not just in the Dublin area,” Murphy said, “but around the country.”

Apple’s offices are perched on a hill overlooking the city of Cork and the company currently employs a total of about 5,000 people around the country.

Apple was one of the first tech firms to set up in Ireland, back in 1980, and has been followed by many top names like Twitter, Microsoft and Google, earning the country the moniker “Europe’s Silicon Valley.”

Many American companies looking for a European base are drawn by Ireland’s English-speaking skilled workforce and its highly competitive tax rates, which have drawn controversy.

Apple is still awaiting the EU’s judgement on its tax deal with Ireland.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2015

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