Ireland approves $1 billion Apple data centre

High Court in Ireland Gives Apple Green Light for a $1 Billion Data Center in Athenry

High Court in Ireland Gives Apple Green Light for a $1 Billion Data Center in Athenry

Originally planned two years ago, the data centre is meant to be situated in rural, Western Ireland.

"This is a very important step for Athenry and for Apple", said Paul Keane, who heads up the Athenry for Apple Facebook page, which has over 4,000 members.

The Irish government is said to be considering making changes to its planning laws and processes in the wake of the case to prevent other would-be datacentre investors from having their plans kicked into the long grass as Apple has.

"Today's decision has been a great decision for Athenry and the whole west of Ireland", he said.

It had initially looked like permission would be a formality, with Apple vowing to hide the center in forest land, fully restoring all the temporary damage done, and to power it entirely from renewable energy.

The huge project has been plagued by delays over the last two years after a small number of people objected to its construction, citing environmental issues and other concerns.

Apple argued Mr McDonagh had made no submissions to Galway County Council in respect of the original planning application and nor had he appealed to the Board before bringing his case.

Cupertino had announced the €850m bit barn in February 2015, alongside plans for one in Denmark. The process would generate hundreds of jobs for the construction, in addition to around 150 permanent positions. Following public hearings in Galway last summer, An Bord Pleanála gave Apple the go-ahead to build the facility last August.

The first challenge, instigated by environmental engineer Allan Daly and local legal expert Sinead Fitzpatrick, saw the pair contest an earlier decision by the Irish planning body, An Bord Plenala (ABP), to grant Apple permission to proceed with the build.

Residents of Anthenry marched in support of the data centre, aiming to persuade the government to allow the plans to go ahead.

Computer Weekly contacted Apple for a statement, seeking clarification on when it plans to begin the build, but had received no response at the time of publication.

Data Economy has requested Apple to comment on the court's ruling.

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