West reawakens as Apple gets green light to build Athenry data centre

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West reawakens as Apple gets green light to build Athenry data centre

It is been two years since Apple announced plans to build two data centres in Europe - one in Denmark and one on Coillte owned lands in Athenry.

Justice Paul McDermott ruled that Apple should be granted permission to build the data centre on Ireland's west coast.

The data centre project has been plagued by delays since it was announced in 2015.

"In light of the time that it took to arrive at this decision we will have to take a critical look at this whole process because the way it stands it is far too slow and is a threat to employment and the economy in general".

That decision was re-affirmed by An Bord Pleanála in August 2016 - however the project has been delayed by a judicial review undertaken by three objectors to the project. 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.

Without even having started to power Apple's services, the company's data centre in Athenry has already made some profound changes in Irish regulations and citizens involvement.

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The objectors' main concern was the poor environmental impact assessment carried out by Apple.

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.

Apple first announced the data centre in February 2015.

Planning permission was granted by the local council six months later, but a series of appeals blocked Apple from beginning work.

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

Apple managed to get the case fast-tracked through Ireland's Commercial Court after it filed a request last November. This prompted 2,000 local people from Athenry to march in support of the data centre previous year.

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