Appeal for appellants in Apple data centre case to accept today's decision


The High Court has given Apple's planned $1 billion data center in Ireland a green light, reports Reuters.

At 11.25 this morning the Commercial Court refused an application from local residents Sinead Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly to overturn a grant of planning permission by An Bord Pleanala. The three objectors are, however, expected to appeal.

They claimed An Bord Pleanála granted permission without carrying out a proper Environmental Impact Assessment.

Ireland's Data Economy stated that "The construction of the 166,000 sqm data centre is expected to generate up to 300 jobs during the different phases of expansion". 150 technical staff are to be employed once the facility is put to work.

Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

Justice Paul McDermott ruled that Apple should be granted permission to build the data centre on Ireland's west coast.

"The planning process itself in Ireland is transparent, open and like in any effective and functioning democracy gives citizens the right to comment and provide inputs". 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.

"This positive news coupled with Microsoft's commitment to power their Data Centres here on 100% Irish generated renewable power reaffirms our calibre as an optimum location to Host Digital assets".

Ibec claims lessons must now be learned to ensure our planning system facilitates crucial investment and that this doesn't damage our worldwide reputation as a place to do business. Around the same time, thousands of people in Athenry marched in favour of the data centre.

Apple made its frustrations clear to Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar during a visit last month and warned the judicial delays and process could affect decisions about future investments in the country.

In 2015, Apple had also announced plans to build a new data center in Denmark, which will begin operations later this year. Our planning system needs to support this.