Kenny hails 'creative genius' Jobs
Published 06/10/2011 | 10:42
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has led tributes to pioneering Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who has died at the age of 56.
The US technology company announced that its pioneering former chief executive, who gave the world the revolutionary iPhone and iPad devices, died on Wednesday surrounded by his family after battling pancreatic cancer.
The Taoiseach said his legacy will be about the visionary products created and how he changed the way people think and feel about technology.
"Steve Jobs was a creative genius who broke down walls in business and opened doors in people's minds," Mr Kenny said.
"His innovative prowess in the area of technology has brought about a level of access to information for millions that few would have ever foreseen. His legacy will be not just his products and business achievements, but also the way in which he altered mindsets in the business world and in everyday life."
The father of four started Apple Computer with school friend Steve Wozniak in his garage in 1976 but was forced out a decade later. He returned in the mid-1990s and transformed Apple into one of the world's most powerful companies.
Apple has a large campus in Cork which opened in 1980 to manufacture the Mac computer. It employs about 1,400 people and has expanded into all aspects of the company's business.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin described Mr Jobs as 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," he said.
"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."