Irish High Court finally approves Apple's Athenry data centre

Apple data center plan

Apple has finally been granted permission to build its €850M ($1B) European data center in Ireland, more than two-and-a-half years after it was first announced.

Mr. Justice Paul McDermott ruled against them this morning however, and they'll now have to decide whether they want to appeal.

Ireland's global business reputation has been damaged by delays to the Apple data centre in Athenry, according to IBEC.

The data centres in Athenry and Denmark's Jutland are to be host to popular Apple services such as iCloud, Apple Music, Siri and various e-commerce activities.

The US firm met five key concerns previous year, but were held up again by appeals from three local residents, raising doubts that it would ever be approved.

A number of local residents challenged An Bord Pleanála's decision amid concerns it hadn't carried out the necessary environmental assessment.

Artists impression of proposed data centre.

Galway County Council granted Apple planning permission in September 2015 but eight objectors took the issue to local planning body An Bord Pleanála.

Construction of the first phase will generate 300 temporary jobs and, when it is operational, it will employ 100 people full-time.

A spokesperson for Apple said that the company is not commenting on the judgment at this time.

"I hope now that our public representatives will help us to develop the west coast of Ireland and to bring companies like Apple in to Athenry - and make Athenry a hub town for the whole of the west coast".

The Irish and Danish data centers are created to improve the performance of cloud services for European customers, including Siri, iMessage, iTunes, iMessage and Maps. A decision was expected to be made in July, but was delayed until October thanks to a lack of High Court judges.

Up to 2,000 residents marched through Athenry in support of the data centre development back in November 2016.

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