High Court asked to review decision to grant Apple permission to build Galway data centre

An Bord Pleanála approved the €850m development last month

High Court asked to review decision to grant Apple permission to build Galway data centre

Artist's impression of the new data centre. Image: IDA Ireland

The High Court has been asked to review the decision to grant Apple permission to build an €850m data centre in Galway.

An Bord Pleanála approved the development last month.

Around this time last year, Galway County Council approved the plans to build the data centre on a Coillte owned site near Athenry.

Once built, it would store data from smart phones, tablets and computers and help run online services like the iTunes store, the App Store and Siri.

As part of its application, Apple said it would create 300 construction jobs and 150 thereafter.

The council’s approval was appealed on a number of grounds including flooding fears and the impact on environmental and climate change.

But last month, An Bord Pleanála granted the application after deciding it wouldn’t have a significant effect on the protected nature sites.

Today, the High Court was asked to consider a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision.

Papers raising concerns about the decision making process were handed into court by a lay litigant.

Apple wasn’t put on notice of today’s application and the case has been adjourned until October 17th.