Apple expansion great news for Cork and important vote of confidence in the county – Buttimer

Wednesday, 11th November 2015

  • Apple announces 1,000 new jobs for Cork

Apple has today announced another significant investment in Cork. It is to expand its campus in Hollyhill and add a new building, which will provide new office space and room for 1,000 additional employees by mid-2017.

Apple’s investment in Cork is a huge vote of confidence in the county and in this country. The company supports nearly 18,000 jobs across the country. Today’s news follows an announcement by Apple in February of this year where they revealed plans to put an €850 million data centre in Athenry.

Apple has also today announced that it is partnering with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to support research in offshore energy technology and is establishing a €1 million Ocean Energy Industry Fund. This will support innovative new ways of capturing wave energy and converting it to renewable electricity in support of their global commitment to powering all facilities with renewable energy.

Apple has had a presence in Ireland since 1980, when the company opened its first facility in Cork. It continues to be a huge asset to the city and county. This latest investment is further proof of Cork’s ability to attract significant business investment, though the available talent pool, infrastructure and business environment.

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Buttimer gets assurances on Pairc Ui Chaoimh funding

Tuesday 10th November 2015

  • Government confirms commitment to funding redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
  • Funding discussed in Dáil following reports of review by the European Commission.



The redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh is an important project both for Cork and our country. I was delighted that the Minister explicitly recognised this and confirmed that he and his officials would do everything to deal with European queries as quickly as possible.


It is important to point out the Minister stated that the business case for the redevelopment is in order.  This is significant as it was the initial hurdle that had to be cleared before the Government could confirm its intention to give €30 million towards this project.  Now we need to make sure that we convey to the European Commission that the redevelopment is in compliance with State aid rules.


The last thing we want is for the redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh to be delayed unnecessarily.  But thankfully Minister Donohoe confirmed that this would receive the fullest possible attention.  The Minister and the Department will be working closely with Cork County Board and its representatives to make sure that any questions from Europe will be dealt with in a speedy manner.


Pairc Ui Chaoimh is just one of a number of large projects in Cork being funded by this Government.  When we came to office we started and completed the flyovers Bandon Road and Sarsfield Road flyovers.  Another €10 million has been committed to the event centre at the historic Beamish & Crawford site.  In the recent capital plan the Dunkettle interchange and N28 projects were included.  This commitment to Cork is vital for the development of our city and county and I am delighted that the Minister recognises the importance and significance of the redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


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Parliamentary Question: Employment Rights

Question to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Mr. Richard Bruton, TD)

To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the policy of his Department relating to the release of notifications of proposed redundancies under section 12(1) of the Protection of Employment Act 1977, as amended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will consider amending section 12(3) of the Protection of Employment Act 1977, as amended, in order that copies of notifications of proposed redundancies will be sent directly to the employees affected, in addition to the employees’ representatives, as is currently provided for; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 23, June, 2015.


The Protection of Employment Act 1977 implements Council Directive 75/129/EEC on the approximation of the law of Member States relating to collective redundancies.

The purpose of Part II of the Protection of Employment Act 1977 is to facilitate consultation and notification between employers and employees in instances of proposed collective redundancies. It serves a very important purpose in terms of ensuring good industrial relations within a company. It requires an employer who proposes to create collective redundancies to initiate consultations with employees’ representatives in advance of those redundancies “with a view to reaching an agreement”. The Act defines “employees’ representatives” as a trade union, staff association or excepted body with which it has been the practice of the employer to conduct collective bargaining negotiations. In the absence of a trade union, staff association or excepted body, “employees’ representatives” are defined as “a person or persons chosen (under an arrangement put in place by the employer) by such employees from amongst their number to represent them in negotiations with the employer”.

Section 12(1) of the Act imposes an obligation on employers to notify the Minister in writing of any proposals to create collective redundancies at the earliest opportunity, and, in any event, at least 30 days prior to the first dismissal. Subsection (3) of section 12 provides that a copy of that notification must be supplied to the employees’ representatives affected who may forward to the Minister any observations they have relating to the notification. The importance of this provision, which serves a key role in ensuring consultation and notification in instances of proposed collective redundancies, is underlined by the fact that an employer who fails to comply with this provision is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding €5,000.

The Act expressly sets out who is entitled to receive a copy of a notification sent to the Minister pursuant to Part II of the Act. It ensures that all parties directly affected by the proposed redundancies are made aware of what is contained in the notification to the Minister, and are given an opportunity to make observations on it, by providing that a copy has to be sent to the employees’ representatives affected (Section 12(3)).

It is in the public interest on a range of fronts that employers engage fully in the consultation and notification process set out in Part II of the 1977 Act as amended. Firstly, such engagement plays an important role in facilitating industrial peace, which is in the interests of the wider community. The purpose of the consultations includes the possibility of avoiding the proposed redundancies, reducing the number of employees affected by them, or by mitigating their consequences by recourse to accompanying social measures (Section 9(2)(a)). Furthermore, they serve to identify the basis on which it will be decided which particular employees will be made redundant (Section 9(2)(b)). Accordingly, I have no plans to amend Section 12 of the 1977 Act.

The policy of my Department in relation to the release of notifications of proposed redundancies under Section 12(1) of the Act is not to release such notifications except in compliance with the law, including Freedom of Information legislation.

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