Apple campaigners celebrate at commercial court and in Athenry town

Apple campaigners celebrate at commercial court and in Athenry town

Apple's data centre ambitions for the west of Ireland are now set to blossom.

A spokesperson for Apple said that the company is not commenting on the judgment at this time.

Both challenges were taken against An Bord Pleanala, with Apple Distribution Ireland, developer of the centre, as a notice party.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar met Apple executives last month and said they had made clear their frustration with the planning and judicial delays and warned the process would color decisions that they might make about future investments.

Apple wants to build the data centre in this forest.Business Insider/Sam SheadApple wants to build eight data halls on a 500-acre site in Derrydonnell Forest, which is owned by state-sponsored forestry firm Coillte, and situated roughly three miles from Athenry. It also appeared that the majority of the local population was in favor, given the jobs and income the center would bring to the area.

Apple first announced the data centre in February 2015.

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A decision on Apple's Irish data centre was expected to be passed in July but a shortage of High Court judges pushed the verdict back to October.

The following September, Galway County Council gave permission for it to proceed subject to conditions, but that decision was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

The proposed € 850m data centre in Athenry has got the legal go-ahead.

Following oral hearings the planning authority confirmed the permission in August of past year.

The long delayed project had been stalling amid local protests and appeals, before Ireland's commercial court green-lighted the project on Thursday.

However, by November past year, three objectors - local residents Sinéad Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly, and Wicklow landowner Brian McDonagh - received permission to seek a full judicial review of the Apple decision by An Bord Pleanála. Around the same time, thousands of people in Athenry marched in favour of the data centre.

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