The Irish Independent has today reported that Apple has received planning permission for an expansion at its European Head Quarters in Cork that is to deliver 1,000 jobs,” Robert McHugh reports for Business World.

“The plan by the iPhone maker comprises a four-storey office block and a 752-space car park that is planned to accommodate the additional 1,000 employees,” McHugh reports. “The move will bring Apple’s workforce in Cork to 6,000 and in documents lodged with Cork City Council, Apple stated that the proposed new office space will enable Apple to expand its workforce at the Hollyhill site while also supporting its economic development objectives.”

“The construction period is five months,” McHugh reports. “Apple has confirmed that the construction phase will employ 200 workers.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple CEO Tim Cook said last November that Apple was in Ireland for the long haul and expected to expand significantly in the future. Apple has become an important employer in Ireland and is also partnered with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to support research in offshore energy technology.