An Bord Pleanála gives green-light for Apple data centre

Apple get go-ahead for data centre in Athenry

Apple's Euro 850 million data centre in Galway has received approval from Irish planning body An Bord Pleanala, originally announced in February 2015 but delayed by a series of objections, SiliconRepublic reported.

It will initially consist of a single data hall, an administration building, and other associated developments.

When completed, the centre will power Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store, the App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri, for customers across Europe.

Planning permission was granted for the centre in September a year ago, however, that decision was appealed by various sources including residents of Lisheenkyle and Athenry Golf Club.

That's according to OPW Minister and Galway East TD, Sean Canney - who says the planning approval is the first piece in a major regional investment jigsaw.

Junior Minister Canney says the development will put Athenry on a global stage.

Construction work is expected to begin towards the end of this year.

It is estimated that up to 300 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the facility. The Board's decision is to grant permission for the proposed development with revised conditions.

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