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Irish court approves Apple's $1 billion data centre

12 Octobre 2017

Garry Connolly, Founder and President, Host in Ireland, told Data Economy: "We are delighted that the planning process has had a successful outcome for the Apple Data Hosting Centre in Galway".

The ongoing delays regarding the company's planning permission have led the national government to review its planning proposal scheme and put changes in place to fast track data centre projects which are crucial to build Ireland's future as an European data centre up-Tier city.

When the project was announced, Apple said it meant to spend €1.7 billion (£1.5 billion) on a data centre in Ireland and another in Denmark, with each one costing €850 million (£762 million).

The second case was by Brian McDonagh who challenged the permission on various grounds. An Apple facility in Denmark announced at the same time is near completion, while the construction of the Athenry site has not yet begun.

They accused the planning board of not carrying out the required environmental assessment.

Supporters of the project have banded together through the creation of the Athenry for Apple Facebook page and have previously held rallies in the town and have spoken at length about the direct and indirect benefits the town is sure to feel from the project going ahead. It also appeared that the majority of the local population was in favor, given the jobs and income the center would bring to the area.

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The Irish High Court has finally approved Apple's Athenry data centre, after years of delays. "I don't want to say it is a done deal, but it is looking good so far".

Seán Kyne, Ireland's minister for community development, natural resources, and digital development, said it was "very positive news for Galway and the West of Ireland".

AWS initially received permission from Fingal County Council to proceed with the project, before Daly and another co-objector sought to contest the decision with ABP.

"It all points to a need to reform our planning laws so that important infrastructural development such as this do not get caught up in years of objections and appeal after appeal".

A decision on the case was originally due on 25 September, but has been postponed until 24 November, with board-level staff shortages at ABP thought to be to blame.

Irish court approves Apple's $1 billion data centre