Tim Cook is celebrating St Patrick’s Day, wishing his friends everywhere all the best for the annual Irish celebration alongside reflecting on a trip to Ireland just over a year ago. Ireland and Apple have had a rather rocky relationship recently, with Tim Cook accused of being ‘disrespectful to the Irish people’ after refusing to appear before a tax probe committee in the wake of EU regulations ordering Apple to pay back up to €13 billion in back taxes.
St Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture on 17th March. It particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in countries with people of Irish decent.
Apple currently employs around 5,500 people across Ireland, with the vast majority of those spread across two Cork locations however Tim Cook announced in November last year that he wants to employ an additional 1,000 workers at Apple’s Hollyhill campus in Cork by spring 2017.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 17, 2017