Apple may proceed to build a $1 billion data centre in Ireland, the High Court ruled on Thursday, bringing relief for the government after a two-year planning delay which it feared could hurt its reputation with investors.
The decision was so long delayed that Apple not only had time to complete construction of the Danish data center announced at the same time, but to announce a second one there - raising concerns that the company may have given up on Ireland ...
They accused the planning board of not carrying out the required environmental assessment.
Apple wants to build the data centre in this forest.Business Insider/Sam SheadApple wants to build eight data halls on a 500-acre site in Derrydonnell Forest, which is owned by state-sponsored forestry firm Coillte, and situated roughly three miles from Athenry. Projects that benefit society and the economy must be prioritised.
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. The facility will cost around £750 million and is expected to provide 100 jobs in the local area.
"The advice I am getting so far is that the judgment is very strong against any [appeals]", Keane told the group's 4,200 members via a Facebook video.
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Local TDs have welcomed the decision but have been critical of the planning delays. "It now means the town can get to work on making the project a vital part of our town's infrastructure and its workforce a welcome addition to our local community", he said.
The case will be mentioned again next week and the opposing residents may yet appeal today's decision, but Mr Doherty says that's for another day and he hopes today's result will lead to more investment in the west.
Orla Casey is a planning and infrastructure policy executive for IBEC, and says the case has damaged Ireland's reputation overseas.
Apple was given the go-ahead to proceed with the development by Galway County Council in February 2015.
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.