Irish Court Gives Apple Go-Ahead for $1 Billion Data Center

Irish Court Gives Apple Go-Ahead for $1 Billion Data Center

Objectors are likely to appeal the court's decision, meaning it could end up in the Supreme Court.

The Irish data center, in Athenry, County Galway, will be used 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.

Ireland's worldwide business reputation has been damaged by delays to the Apple data centre in Athenry, according to IBEC.

Apple can begin construction on its $1 billion data center in Ireland, the High Court ruled today.

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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"This positive news coupled with Microsoft's commitment to power their Data Centres here on 100% Irish generated renewable power reaffirms our calibre as an optimum location to Host Digital assets".

Up to 2,000 residents marched through Athenry in support of the data centre development back in November 2016.

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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.

"Next February it'll be three years since it was granted planning permission and it has been dogged by delays through the courts since", said Galway County Councillor Peter Feeney (FG). Following public hearings in Galway last summer, An Bord Pleanála gave Apple the go-ahead to build the facility last August.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott dismissed the appeals of Sinéad Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly, two local residents, and Brian McDonagh, a Co Wicklow landowner, against the proposed Athenry development.

On Sunday, the Athenry for Apple group organised a march to highlight that the majority of people in the town are in favour of it going ahead.

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.

Data Economy has requested Apple to comment on the court's ruling.

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