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Commercial Court clears the way for Apple data centre to go-ahead in Athenry

The Commercial Court has cleared the way for the Apple data centre to go-ahead in the Co Galway town of Athenry.

The 850 million euro data centre was first announced for a greenfield site at Derrydonnell Woods near Athenry in February 2015, but has been delayed due to objections.

A number of local residents challenged An Bord Pleanala’s decision to give the green light for the data centre, amid concerns that it had not carried out the necessary environmental impact assessment.

Apple had sought to have the cases fast-tracked in the Commercial Court, saying it was anxious to proceed with the development. 

The tech giant says the data centre will create hundreds of jobs and is a critical piece of infrastructure necessary to deal with the growth in demand for data processing and storage.

Today, the Commercial Court has dismissed two challenges to the proposed development.

The decision is good news, not just for Athenry, but for the West of Ireland according to Minister of State Ciaran Cannon, a Galway East TD.

He told Midwest News that there is now no further impediment to the development of the 850 million euro data centre.

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