Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Apple Data Center in Ireland Gets Green Light

People buy the iPhone 8 at the Apple Orchard Shop in Singapore People buy the iPhone 8 at the Apple Orchard Shop in Singapore
Marlene Weaver | 13 October, 2017, 02:26

Apple's battle in Ireland isn't over yet.

But a number of residents appealed that decision to the High Court.

When the project was announced, Apple said it meant to spend €1.7 billion (£1.5 billion) on a data centre in Ireland and another in Denmark, with each one costing €850 million (£762 million). This prompted 2,000 local people from Athenry to march in support of the data centre a year ago.

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.

Mollie Spellman (12) from Athenry during the rally in support of Apple's Athenry data centre plans in the town on Sunday.

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.

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The project, originally announced in 2015, was challenged by three objectors who put forward a review request to the An Bord Pleanála, an independent, statutory, quasi-judicial body that decides on appeals from planning decisions made by local authorities in Ireland.

An Bord Pleanála gave the project the go-ahead in August 2016.

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.

Apple had sought to have the cases fast-tracked in the Commercial Court, the big business division of the High Court, saying it was very anxious to proceed with the development.

A similar Apple data center 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. The company's relationship with the country is at an interesting point, with the European Commission ordering the Irish government to claim back €13 billion (£11.7 billion) in back taxes.

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

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