Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Apple get go-ahead to build data centre in Athenry

Apple get go-ahead to build data centre in Athenry

Apple's decision to build one of two new data centres in Athenry was announced with great fanfare.

Garry Connolly, Founder and President, Host in Ireland, told Data Economy: "We are delighted that the planning process has had a successful outcome for the Apple Data Hosting Centre in Galway".

At 11.25 this morning the Commercial Court refused applications to overturn a decision to grant planning permission to Apple to build the data centre in Athenry.

Speaking at the inaugural Datacloud Ireland event in late September, Patrick Breen, Irish minister of state for business, enterprise and innovation, said any changes that are pushed through would centre on addressing the amount of time it takes to get a final decision on whether a build can proceed.

A spokesperson for Apple said that the company is not commenting on the judgment at this time. However, by November a year ago, three objectors - local residents Sinéad Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly, and Wicklow landowner Brian McDonagh - received permission to seek a full judicial review of the Apple decision by An Bord Pleanála.

The Irish and Danish data centers are created to improve the performance of cloud services for European customers, including Siri, iMessage, iTunes, iMessage and Maps. It also appeared that the majority of the local population was in favor, given the jobs and income the center would bring to the area.

The objectors are two local residents who cite environmental concerns about the proposed facility, which would be situated in Derrydonnell Forest, around three miles from Athenry. The Danish site is understood to be already up and running.

Planning permission was granted by the local council six months later, but a series of appeals blocked Apple from beginning work. A decision was expected to be made in July, but was delayed until October thanks to a lack of High Court judges.

Apple managed to get the case fast-tracked through Ireland's Commercial Court after it filed a request last November.

But local residents Sinéad Fitzpatrick, Allan Daly, and Wicklow landowner Brian McDonagh asked Ireland's High Court for a judicial review on environmental grounds.

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