Ireland approves $1 billion Apple data centre

Apple data center plan

A computer-generated image of Apple's first Irish data

The Irish High Court has granted Apple permission to proceed with its plans to build an €850m datacentre in Athenry, County Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, after quashing two legal challenges to the project.

Originally planned two years ago, the data centre is meant to be situated in rural, Western Ireland.

"Today's decision has been a great decision for Athenry and the whole west of Ireland", he said. The decision was made by Ireland's High Court this morning, after a lengthy planning battle.

Computer Weekly understands Daly and Fitzpatrick have until 2pm on Monday 16 October to lodge an appeal against the Commercial Court's ruling in the case.

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Although a local council granted Apple permission to plan six months later, a series of appeals and environmental concerns prevented the tech giant from starting construction.

For example, the project is expected to create 420 construction jobs in the town, which local business owners claim will result in secondary economic benefits for local shops and infrastructure providers.

From 2015 to today, the Athenry data centre project was one of the most mediatic the industry has seen in years, with thousands taking to the streets in support for the development.

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Both challenges were taken against An Bord Pleanala, with Apple Distribution Ireland, developer of the centre, as a notice party. Planning approval was quickly granted before objections were lodged on environmental grounds. They alleged the facility would have a negative impact on people living around the site, and also on the fauna and flora at the Derrydonnell Woods, around Athenry, east of Galway, where the data centre is to be built.

A similar Apple centre announced at the same time in Denmark is due to begin operations later this year and Apple has announced it will build a second data center there.

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

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