Apple Gets Approval for Irish Data Center Construction After Months of Objections

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    Following months of being repeatedly blocked by independent planning body An Bord Pleanála, Apple has finally been granted the go-ahead to build its massive data center in Galway County, Ireland (via Business Insider). The Irish planning board reversed course on its earlier oppositions to the data center, "despite opposition from a number of individuals and local businesses," giving Apple permission to build just one data hall. Each time an extension of the property is to be made, Apple will have to reapply for permission with the local planning body.

    The original objections to the facility -- which will specifically be located in Derrydonnell Forest -- cited a worry over the local wildlife and the potential for negative impact that Apple's data center could have on it, as well as flooding concerns in a neighboring golf course. In June, these issues continued anew with fresh worry that the data center's proximity to a nuclear power plant could be harmful, despite the plant having been shut down for years.

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    With the new majority vote from An Bord Pleanála overpowering the last few protestors, Apple now can continue with its 10-15 year construction plan of a massive data center site for services like the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. After winning permission for this first building, Apple's ultimate goal by the end of its decade-long plan is a total of eight buildings housing servers for the company's online services.

    Apple's plan was to originally have the Irish data center up and running by early 2017, but since its first proposal in September 2015 and the ensuing blockades, it's expected that goal has been pushed further back. The company is also planning the construction of a data center of similar scale (about 166,000 square meters) in Denmark.

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    Having been involved in large (not this large though) projects where public approval was needed by local commissions, I can see how Apple had a difficult time getting approval. Sometimes, reason and logic don't play out and rather fear and misinformation rule the day.

    Without knowing what the big concern was, I fail to understand how a nearby, defunct nuclear plant would have any affect on the data center.
     
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    Why show a picture of the backside of the server racks? And is the exit sign a subtle reference to brexit? Yes it's conspiracy Friday. LOL
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  9. CFreymarc Suspended

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    Ireland has a long history of being paranoid of foreign investors.
     
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    It's funny cause it's true.
     
  11. Ap0ks macrumors 6502

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    That would require some real tin-foil hat thinking, last time I checked Ireland had nothing to do with the UK and it's brexit shenanigans ;)
     
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    Second sentence should say "County Galway" rather than "Galway County." That's the correct way around in Ireland. It's a little bit more Father Ted than Starsky and Hutch.
     
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    Probably won't be the last data center what with the Brexit and all that.
     
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    Internet doesn't care about politics.

    Finally we have a friggin data center in Europe.

    About time Apple starts to use the Internet!
     
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    But Politicians do care about the internet.;)
     
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    Apple does need find something to spend all that money they have stuck in Ireland on.
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    Say "Aye".
     
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    Where there is money there is politics, and as we all know - there is plenty of money to be made on the internet.

    When the World Economic Forum is held in Davos again - have a look at it (if you can stomach it). A real eye opener so it is. The Safe Harbour rules are a big deal and what with Brexit after happening - maybe it might have some influence on some decisions.
     
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    You beat me to it.
     
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    But they never used their own Xserves, they bought SUN servers instead...
     
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    Apple executives will be parking more services in Ireland. This will be the excuse they use to claim that more business is taking place there and that sales and profits will be moving there as well. All so the executives don't have to pay taxes on profits that they get bonuses from. Those executives ignore that they directly benefit from the many government service that they receive while living in the United States.
     
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    Most global companies already have their data centres in Ireland (MS, Amazon, Google) or in continental Europe rather than the UK so Brexit won't have any impact on the number of data centres in Ireland.
     
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    I beg to differ. We shall see soon enough anyways though. There are a lot of shenanigans going on at Government level all over the place. Who knows what way the wind will blow at his stage.
     

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