Decision due on long-awaited Apple data centre in Galway

The €850m investment has been held up for years while a similar project in Denmark is now close to completion

Decision due on long-awaited Apple data centre in Galway

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A decision is due this morning on the future of Apple’s proposed €850m data centre in Athenry, Co. Galway.

Work was due to get underway this year but the project was delayed due to a legal challenge to its planning permission.

It’s 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.

The Danish centre is on track to begin operations, but the Derrydonnell facility has been bogged down with legal challenges to the planning process.

Galway County Council granted permission in Sept 2015 but that was appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

The planning board gave it the green light the following year after deciding it wouldn’t have a significant effect on the protected nature sites.

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

Sinéad Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly claim it is invalid on grounds including that the board failed to carry out a proper environmental assessment.

The case was fast-tracked to the Commercial Court and Mr. Justice Paul McDermott is due to deliver his judgement this morning.