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Ireland approves $1 billion Apple data centre
12 October 2017, 06:37 | Erica Roy
A computer-generated image of Apple's first Irish data
Sinead Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly claim it's invalid on grounds including that the board failed to carry out a proper environmental assessment.
On Sunday Patently Apple posted a report titled "A Hardy Group of Irishman from Athenry attended a Rally today Supporting Apple's Proposed Data Centre".
High Court judge Paul McDermott dismissed the appeals brought by three campaigners, who were concerned about the environmental impact of the project, which is to occupy almost 166,000 square meters in County Galway, west Ireland. The three objectors are, however, expected to appeal.
It has said it will be one of the biggest capital investment projects in the west of Ireland, providing 300 construction jobs and 150 on-site permanent jobs.
Apple in February 2015 announced plans to build the data centre in a rural location in the west of Ireland to take advantage of rich green energy sources nearby.
Data Economy has requested Apple to comment on the court's ruling.
The data centres in Athenry and Denmark's Jutland are to be host to popular Apple services such as iCloud, Apple Music, Siri and various e-commerce activities.
The decision was made by Ireland's High Court this morning, after a lengthy planning battle.
"It all points to a need to reform our planning laws so that important infrastructural development such as this do not get caught up in years of objections and appeal after appeal".
The ongoing delays regarding the company's planning permission have led the national government to review its planning proposal scheme and put changes in place to fast track data centre projects which are crucial to build Ireland's future as an European data centre up-Tier city.
Up to 2,000 residents marched through Athenry in support of the data centre development back in November 2016.
Apple executives met with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in September, and reportedly told him that the company was frustrated with the planning and judicial delays, Reuters reported.
In July last, the company unveiled plans to invest a further $920m in the construction of a second facility in Denmark growing concerns amongst Irish supporters.
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