Appellants in Athenry data centre have until Monday to appeal court go-ahead

Andrew Cummings
October 12, 2017

Apple first announced the data centre in February 2015.

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".

The data center will be one of the biggest capital investment projects in west Ireland, providing 300 constructions jobs and 150 on-site permanent jobs.

Independent TD for Galway East Sean Canney and several members of Apple for Athenry, a group of local people who support the development, were in court for the judgments.

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.

Apple wants to use the data centre to store European user data and to help power online services, including the iTunes Store, the App Store, iMessage, Maps, and Siri for customers across Europe.

It's as locals in the the town have been expressing their delight this afternoon at the court decision granting the legal go-ahead for the major project.

London is also set to become home to a new data centre, with Virtus poised to construct a centre on a massive eight acre plot of land, consisting of two separate campuses named LONDON5 and LONDON6.

The Denmark data centre is expected to go live later this year but the project in Athenry is yet to commence.

ABP's involvement in the planning process followed environmental objections raised against Galway County Council's decision to give Apple conditional consent to proceed with the project in September 2015.

Artists impression of proposed data centre.

Two of the objectors, Sinéad Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly, claimed planning bosses failed to carry out a proper environmental impact assessment.

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

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.

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