Jan 9, 2020

Celebrating 40 Years of Apple Investment, Cook To Receive Irish Award

Later this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook will receive an award from Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to celebrate Apple's 40-year investment in Ireland. Cook will travel to Ireland on the 20th to meet with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook will receive an award in Dublin on Jan. 20 in recognition of the iPhone maker’s 40 years of investment in Ireland.

Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will present Cook with the accolade, according to IDA Ireland, the country’s investment agency.
In recent years, Apple's business in Ireland has been questioned by the European Union and has been under investigation. Back in 2016, the EU have requested Apple to pay back its entire corporate taxes that it owed to Ireland. It wasn't until Septmber of 2018, the company have paid back 13 euro in taxes, however, if the order is eventually overturned, those taxes will be refunded.

The same year that Apple paid back all of the Ireland corporate taxes, the Cupertino firm also dropped plans to build a $1 billion data center in Ireland because locals feared the data center would affect local animals.

Apple has about 6,000 employees in Ireland, but the iPhone maker in the United Kingdom has 6,459 employees. Throughout all European countries, Apple hires more than 22,000 people as well as being responsible for creating more than 1.7 million jobs in the continent.

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