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Apple plans to build a US $960 million data centre in Ireland

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April 27, 2016

We learned late yesterday that Apple is planning to build a US $960 million data centre in Galway, Ireland. This is apparently to face fresh scrutiny in a hearing before the local council in May, following a number of environmental objections.

The 30,000 square metre data centre is intended to house European Apple consumers' device data.

To be sure, Apple did expect that the data centre would be operational in 2017, but following complaints from locals, the plans were put on hold for now.

Galway West councillor Peter Feeney, who is in favor of the plan that will create 300 construction jobs. Some of the issues raised include problems with traffic congestion.

But Feeney believes that Apple is working with the local community to address those specific problems.

"Most people wont be able to see the project as it is in the middle of a forest and has a major buffer of trees around it. This area has been earmarked for development and as infrastructure projects go, this is one of the least intrusive," he added.

"About 99 percent of the people are in favour of it, they just have a few concerns," he asserted.

The hearing is expected to soon take place sometime in May. The chairman will then make a recommendation to the council's board as to whether the project should go ahead as planned, should be subject to further conditions or will be halted entirely.

If it gets the green light, building is expected to start sometime in July or August 2016.

Apple had previously said the Galway project "will recover land previously used for growing and harvesting non-native trees and restore native trees to the local Derrydonnell Forest.

Source: Apple.

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