updated 12:12 pm EST, Fri January 31, 2014
Exact purpose of visit unknown
Apple CEO Tim Cook is meeting with Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny today after having addressed workers at the company's factory in Hollyhill, Cork, says local newspaper The Journal. Cook spoke to employees about the company's future plans. Kenny is said to be touring the factory before the meeting.
Beyond those details, it's uncertain why Cook decided to visit the plant now, or what he and the Taoiseach may be discussing. The Hollyhill factory is staffed by over 4,000 people, and currently assembles the MacBook Pro. Cook could be briefing workers on the future of the Pro, and/or announcing plans to assemble other products.
Kenny and Cook might also be discussing politics, especially as they relate to taxes. Apple has come under fire both in Ireland and internationally for exploiting loopholes in the Irish tax system to pay minimal taxes on income earned around the world. Irish politicians have attempted to close some of those loopholes, but it's believed that Apple's tax avoidance scheme is still largely intact.