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Apple data centre gets go ahead for Athenry

Thursday, 12th October, 2017 11:30am
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Apple data centre gets go ahead for Athenry
Apple data centre gets go ahead for Athenry

Apple has been given the go ahead to build an €850 million data centre in Athenry.

The Commercial Court has dismissed two challenges to the major development at Derrydonnell, Athenry.

A decision on the plan was originally due to be announced in late July but was postponed until this morning (Thursday).

Residents and businesses in Athenry held a march at the weekend to again show their support of Apple's plans amid fears that the ongoing delay with the planning process could jeopardise the entire project.

The decision has been welcomed by Junior Minister and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon who said it was "very positive" and "wonderful news for Athenry and the West of Ireland".

A case for any further appeal must be made next Monday at 2pm.

Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has also welcomed the news and says the planning process must be looked at.

"I want to welcome the decision this morning that the 850 million Euro development planned by Apple for Athenry Co Galway has finally got the go-ahead. Hopefully now the company will continue with it's plans for the development as there will be significant employment provided during construction and over 100 permanent jobs on completion.

" In light of the time that it took to arrive at this decision we will have to take a critical look at this whole process because the way it stands it is far too slow and is a threat to employment and the economy in general," said Deputy Fitzmaurice.

More to follow.



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