Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has paid tribute to Apple Co-Founder and former Chief Executive, the late Steve Jobs.
Deputy Martin commented, “Steve Jobs was a leader and an innovator. His single minded commitment to excellence in design and product development transformed the technology sector, creating many thousands of jobs all over the world. Ireland has been a major beneficiary of this vision and determination, with the Apple campus in county Cork providing highly skilled jobs for local graduates for more than 30 years.
“His influence and impact was profound. At a personal level, my various visits to the Apple HQ in Cupertino California helped convince me of the continuing emphasis that needs to be put on investment in research and innovation to keep our country competitive and was a factor in our decision to completely transform the research environment in Ireland.
“His passing leaves a major gap. My sympathy goes out to his family and the entire Apple team in Cork.”