Decision on permission to appeal against Apple Athenry project due next week

The Court of Appeal must decide if there are issues of “exceptional public importance” to be considered

Two objectors to an €850m data centre in Athenry, County Galway will find out next Wednesday whether they can appeal their failed legal challenge.

They claim the judgement handed down earlier this month raises issues of “significant public importance” that need to be addressed on appeal.

The main issue local residents Sinéad Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly have with the Apple project is that they feel An Bord Pleanála granted permission for one data hall on the Athenry site without fully considering the environmental impact of a development that could see another seven halls built.

They were unsuccessful in their legal challenge earlier this month and are now seeking permission to appeal that decision.

The Court of Appeal will only take their case if they can prove there are issues of “exceptional public importance” that need to be considered and clarified in “the public interest.”

They claim there are five, but lawyers for the planning board disagree and have accused them of seeking an appeal just because they’re not happy with the judgement.

They’ll find out whether their appeal will be heard next Wednesday.