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Apple pulls plug on €850m Irish data centre after planning delays

By Paul Norman - Thursday, May 10, 2018 11:44

US technology behemoth Apple has pulled the plug on plans to build an €850m (£743m) data centre in Ireland because of planning delays.

Apple first announced plans in February 2015 to build the giant centre in the town of Athenry but it has been held up by a series of planning appeals.

Ireland’s High Court ruled in October that the data centre could proceed. The appellants subsequently took their case to the country’s Supreme Court.

in a statement ahead of the Supreme Court hearing today Apple said: “Despite our best efforts, delays in the approval process have forced us to make other plans and we will not be able to move forward with the data centre.

“While disappointing, this setback will not dampen our enthusiasm for future projects in Ireland as our business continues to grow."

“There is no disputing that Apple’s decision is very disappointing, particularly for Athenry and the West of Ireland,” Ireland’s Minister for Business and Enterprise Heather Humphreys said in a statement.

“The Government did everything it could to support this investment... These delays have, if nothing else, underlined our need to make the State’s planning and legal processes more efficient.”

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