Apple wins Irish court backing for €850m datacentre in Athenry

12 October, 2017, 18:39 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Mollie Spellman from Athenry during the rally in support of Apple’s Athenry data centre plans in the town on Sunday

On Thursday, Apple received permission to build a $1 billion data center in Ireland, after a two year planning delay, Reuters reported.

High Court judge Paul McDermott dismissed the appeals brought by three campaigners, who were concerned about the environmental impact of the project, which is to occupy almost 166,000 square meters in County Galway, west Ireland. The three objectors are, however, expected to appeal.

Among their arguments was that the planning permission was invalid because the board failed to carry out a proper environmental impact assessment of the proposed development. The three objectors are, however, expected to appeal.

At its peak, the investment in Galway is estimated to be worth more than €1bn and would put Ireland on the global digital map as well as encouraging more digital investments and data centres to go west.

Apple first announced the data centre in February 2015.

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

Justice Paul McDermott ruled that Apple should be granted permission to build the data centre on Ireland's west coast.

"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 government has said it is considering amending its planning laws to include data centers as strategic infrastructure, thus allowing them to get through the planning process much more quickly.

In addition to the government's regulatory changes, people in Athenry have also become proactively vocal on the issue both through social media channels and on the streets.

Earlier this year, Apple announced that it is planning to build another data centre in Denmark as it struggled to get the Irish data centre off the ground. Apple made its frustrations clear to Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar during a visit last month and warned the judicial delays and process could affect decisions about future investments in the country. The Apple Athenry case is a very good example of a planning system that in its current form is dysfunctional and can too easily be exploited.

Recommended:



Popular

Southwest to sell Hawaii flights in 2018
Southwest will become the sixth U.S. airline serving Hawaii from the contiguous USA, FlightGlobal schedules data show. Dallas-based Southwest will start selling tickets to the popular vacation destination in 2018.

Nanded Municipal Election 2017: Counting of votes to begin at 10 am
While the Congress was fighting to retain the seat, the Shiv Sena and BJP were trying to dethroning it. NCP, which had won 10 seats in the last elections, has so far not opened its account.

Bond trading slump clouds JPMorgan earnings beat
Guggenheim Capital Ltd Liability Co holds 0.01% or 84,511 shares. 86 funds opened positions while 163 raised stakes. Among 31 analysts covering JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM), 16 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 13 Hold.

Tropical Storm Ophelia Expected To Become A Hurricane
Ahead of the heavy wind and rain Hurricane Ophelia will bring with it, temperatures are set to reach 20 degrees over the weekend. Hurricane Ophelia on Thursday morning (Oct. 12) was slowly moving through the Atlantic Ocean toward the Azores and Ireland.

Google ditches Home Mini's top-touch panel feature after spying blunder
Among all those two products there were two gadgets that excited the people most - Pixel Phone and Google Home Mini . Google initially addressed the problem by saying a software fix would stop the smart home device from recording.