Apple's $1-Billion Irish Data Centre Gets Approval From High Court

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On Thursday, Apple received permission to build a $1 billion data center in Ireland, after a two year planning delay, Reuters reported.

Apple had announced plans to build the data center in west Ireland back in February of 2015 and the local council gave its permission six months later; however, a series of appeals blocked Apple from beginning work on the facility.

The delay happened as some people objected to its construction, citing environmental issues and other concerns.

High Court judge Paul McDermott dismissed the appeals brought by three campaigners, who were concerned about the environmental impact of the project, which is to occupy almost 166,000 square meters in County Galway, west Ireland.

Ireland believes the project will create around 300 construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs.

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 centres as a means of securing their presence in the country.

London is also set to become home to a new data centre, with Virtus poised to construct a centre on a massive eight acre plot of land, consisting of two separate campuses named LONDON5 and LONDON6. And data center providers continue to spread across geographic locations to enhance reliability and speed, the report said.

The €850m investment has been held up for years while a similar project in Denmark - originally announced alongside the Galway plans - is now close to completion. The Irish government is now considering amending its planning laws to include certain data centers as strategic infrastructure, in order to push them through the planning process more quickly.

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