Apple scraps Galway data centre plans


Technology giant Apple has scrapped plans for the construction of a data center in Galway.

The u.s. company announced in February 2015 that he would invest £747m (€850) in new data centre near Athenry.

The project was expected to create 300 temporary jobs and up to 150 permanent staff necessary for the management of the property at the time of completion.

The us firm cited delays in the planning process, and a legal battle with environmentalists as reasons for non-proposals.

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In a statement, Apple said: “a Few years ago, we asked you to build a data center in Athenry. Despite our best efforts, delays in the approval process have forced us to make other plans, and we will not be able to move forward with the data center.

“We have been operating in Ireland since 1980, and we are proud of the contributions we make to the economy and job creation.

“In the last two years we have spent more than $ 550 million with local companies and, all in all, our investment and innovation supports more than 25,000 jobs up and down the country.

“We are deeply committed to our employees and customers in Ireland and are expanding into Cork, with a new facility for our talented team.”‘A business decision’

The Republic of Ireland, Minister for trade, enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, has said that the project “would have been a significant source of investment and creation of jobs for Galway and the west of Ireland.”

He said that the Irish government has done everything to support the investment.

“This included high-level engagement with the company, both at home and abroad,” Ms Humphreys added.

“In sum, despite these efforts, Apple has taken a commercial decision not to proceed, making it clear that the delays that plague this project has caused them to reconsider their plans.”

He said that the delays have stressed the need to make the Republic of Ireland, planning and legal processes in the most efficient manner, and that the government is “to ensure that we are in a better position to take advantage of future such opportunities of investment, both from the data centre providers or other sectors”.’Disappointing, but not surprising’

Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland said: “the announcement This morning by Apple to stop their plans for a data centre in Athenry is disappointing, but not surprising.”

He added that the decision ” will be met with dismay by businesses in general as well as in the region which would have received a major boost to the economy of the proposed 850-million-euro investment.”