Irish court gives $1 billion Apple data center green light

Irish court gives $1 billion Apple data center green light

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.

Ireland's High Court dismissed two appeals against building the centre while the company announced they will be building a similar centre in Denmark.

The second case was by Brian McDonagh who challenged the permission on various grounds.

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. The objectors' main concern was the poor environmental impact assessment carried out by Apple. Projects that benefit society and the economy must be prioritised.

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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"The advice I am getting so far is that the judgment is very strong against any [appeals]", Keane told the group's 4,200 members via a Facebook video.

The decision brings to a close a long-running saga whereby the project was held up by the objections of three people, two of them local to the Athenry area. The Irish government is now considering amending its planning laws to include certain data centers as strategic infrastructure, in order to push them through the planning process more quickly.

Galway County Council granted Apple planning permission in September 2015 but eight objectors took the issue to local planning body An Bord Pleanála.

"Today's decision has been a great decision for Athenry and the whole west of Ireland", he said. Objectors are likely to appeal the court's decision, meaning it could end up in the Supreme Court.

Although the outcome of the Apple case is now known, cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) is still waiting to hear whether an environmental appeal against its plans to build a €1bn datacentre in Dublin has been successful.

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