The not entirely glamorous Hollyhill Industrial Estate in Cork -- where Apple's EU divisions send all their unmarked bank notes -- is set to expand, with the tech giant announcing a plan to create new building space with room for an additional 1,000 staff.
The news of fresh Apple investment in Ireland is so important to the international reputation of the country that it was announced by the country's leader, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny saying: "Apple's plans for new facilities at their Cork campus that can house a further 1,000 jobs is a very welcome boost of confidence in Cork and the South West region. These new jobs come on top of 1,000 additional jobs already created at Apple in the past 12 months, which brought the workforce in Ireland to over 5,000 in 2015."
Apple boss Tim Cook is in town too, where he'll be receiving an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, then loading up a few suitcases with euros and heading back to the US to lay lots of our money out on a bed and lie on it, laughing, while listening to Rattle and Hum. [Irish Independent]