Irish court gives $1 billion Apple data center green light

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

Apple has today won a 2-year-long court battle granting the company the necessary permission to build a $1bn data centre in Galway, Ireland.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott said he was refusing both applications from the objectors and that his reasons are set out in written judgments.

We (Irish) now need to tweak the planning process to include a time certainty to this process not just for Data Centres but for all large capital intense infrastructure projects.

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.

Ireland's Data Economy stated that "The construction of the 166,000 sqm data centre is expected to generate up to 300 jobs during the different phases of expansion".

The US firm met five key concerns a year ago, but were held up again by appeals from three local residents, raising doubts that it would ever be approved.

Artists impression of proposed data centre.

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Apple was given the go-ahead to proceed with the development by Galway County Council in February 2015.

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The decision does not end the process, however.

Apple managed to get the case fast-tracked through Ireland's Commercial Court after it filed a request last November.

The Irish and Danish data centers are created to improve the performance of cloud services for European customers, including Siri, iMessage, iTunes, iMessage and Maps.

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. Around the same time, thousands of people in Athenry marched in favour of the data centre.

A decision on Apple's Irish data centre was expected to be passed in July but a shortage of High Court judges pushed the verdict back to October.

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