Ireland Finally Approves Apple’s $1.3 Billion CAD Data Centre


Ireland’s High Court on Thursday ruled that a 850 million euro ($1.3 billion) data centre planned by Apple in the west of Ireland may proceed, dismissing an environmental challenge made by three people.

Apple first announced plans for the data centre in West Ireland in February 2015. The center, which will be built in a rural location, will take advantage of plentiful green energy resources nearby.

Though Apple gained permission to build from the local council six months after announcing plans, a series of appeals kept the tech giant from moving forward for about two years.

High Court judge Paul McDermott on Thursday dismissed two separate appeals against the planning permission, clearing the way for the project to proceed.

Ireland relies on foreign multinational companies for the creation of one in every 10 jobs across the economy and sees major investments such as data centers as a means of securing their presence in the country.

A similar Apple centre announced at the same time in Denmark is due to begin operations later this year and Apple has announced it will build a second data center there.

“This is a very important step for Athenry and for Apple,” said Paul Keane, who heads up the Athenry for Apple Facebook page, which has over 4,000 members. Keane told Business Insider that Irish laws need to be changed to prevent similar delays in the future.

Apple’s battle in Ireland isn’t over yet. Objectors are likely to appeal the court’s decision, meaning it could end up in the Supreme Court.

The Irish and Danish data centres are designed to improve the performance of cloud services for European customers, including Siri, iMessage, iTunes, iMessage and Maps.


  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    ” Needs More Investigation “.

    EU consumers market and not even EU regulators never granted apple anything but selling consumer electronic devices to EU consumers, electronic devices or accessories when compliant with CE marking and declaration of conformity specifications.

    soon enough in fact and right after EU parliament and commission releasing details, most activities currently performed by apple in europe will be dismissed; Operations in europe and in connection with intellectual property ( copyrights sales and revenues, DRM ) and also financial administration departments tasks, we’ll have them moved to The Netherlands, close to The Hague ( int’l criminal court of justice ) and for juridical purpose and conveniency for the evaluations of work and tasks targeting at EU consumers.

    Any decision in connection with data and info processing ( data centres ) is valid for the territory of ireland only, and MUST not affect or influence EU consumers in any form ( business activities and business transactions targeting at EU consumers needs to be confined to retail network stores and to logistics hub premises ( i.e: apple Europe is nothing but a reseller of apple goods to consumers and to EU businesses/companies; products restrictions apply and to incl. consumers electronics and apps/software; some work activities such as of logistic hubs and packing plants are however tolerated ).

    in spite of being tolerant already with apple, and for app store and apps sales, for iCloud services and iTunes store, EU won’t be granting apple with any option, possibility or privilege to collect data and information about EU consumers ( private citizens ) and exception applies to info and data that are strictly necessary for direct sale purpose: full name; delivery address; telephone number; card data for direct debit or credit; billing address; finance options details where applicable.

    NOTE: EU market is currently NON-FREE market system, and also in accordance with restrictions and when setting pricing policy applicable to companies in the industry for telecommunications and incl however with no limitation to network providers/operators. Despite all of US looking forward to seeing soon an unrestricted market for the EU, and in spite of efforts we all are making to achieving that goal when educating companies and trades for the SUPPLY to a consumers market DEMAND, EU market is in fact regulated by government or EU regulators, in accordance with brussels parliament laws and also granting privileges to foreign companies when entering the market with local subsidiaries, for import/export operations and EVENTUALLY with options to diversify on investments and with Strategic Business Units