Ireland residents to appeal Apple’s approval to build €850 million data centre



Fields
surrounding the site where Apple wants to build the data
centre.

Business Insider/Sam
Shead


  • Apple wants to build a gigantic data centre in
    Athenry, County Galway. 
  • But objectors have resulted in heavy delays and some
    are concerned that the data centre will never get
    built.  

Apple’s proposed €850 million (£762 million) Irish data centre
isn’t home and dry just yet.

A High Court judge ruled
last Thursday
that Apple should be able to build the server
farm just outside the town Athenry on the west coast of Ireland,
but two local residents are planning to appeal the decision,
according to The Galway
Advertiser
.

The duo — who filed the original application with the High Court
to overturn planning permission for the project — have reportedly
requested a certificate to appeal the court ruling, which was
passed by Justice Paul McDermott.

Their case is due back before Justice McDermott on Wednesday
October 25, according to The Galway Advertiser.

Campaigner Paul Keane, who leads the Apple for Athenry Facebook
group, told Business Insider that “the collective hearts of
Athenry sank” when they heard the objectors planned to appeal the
judge’s decision.

Apple wants to use the data centre to store European user data
and to help power online services, including the iTunes Store, the App Store,
iMessage, Maps, and Siri for customers across Europe.

The huge project has been plagued by delays over the last two
years after a small number of people objected to its
construction, citing environmental issues and other concerns.

A decision on Apple’s Irish data centre was expected to be passed
in July but a shortage of High Court
judges
pushed the verdict back to October.



A computer-generated image
of Apple’s data centre.

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