Apple get go-ahead to build data centre in Athenry

Apple get go-ahead to build data centre in Athenry

It refused the applications of two local residents who wanted An Bord Pleanála's decision to grant planning permission to be quashed.

However, while these data centers may bring the tech industry to rural areas, they often fail to provide many permanent jobs, or to greatly improve the local economy, experts say.

It said the centre would create hundreds of jobs and is a critical piece of infrastructure necessary to deal with the exponential growth in demand for data processing and storage.

Without even having started to power Apple's services, the company's data centre in Athenry has already made some profound changes in Irish regulations and citizens involvement.

Apple first announced the data centre in February 2015.

"This had been a long-drawn out process, yet the local community and Apple have continuously demonstrated their commitment to the project and to investing in Ireland".

The Denmark data centre is expected to go live later this year but the project in Athenry is yet to commence. A decision was expected to be made in July, but was delayed until October thanks to a lack of High Court judges.

The first case was by Sinead Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly, whose home at Lisheenkyle, Athenry, is close to the proposed centre.


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.

Galway County Council granted Apple planning permission in September 2015 but eight objectors took the issue to local planning body An Bord Pleanála.

Following oral hearings the planning authority confirmed the permission in August of a year ago.

Apple had sought to have the cases fast-tracked in the Commercial Court, the big business division of the High Court, saying it was very anxious to proceed with the development.

Up to 2,000 residents marched through Athenry in support of the data centre development back in November 2016.

Apple has its European headquarters in Ireland and employs thousands of people in Cork, roughly two hours drive from Athenry.

Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

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