Apple's Oft-Delayed Irish Data Center Now on Fast Track to Begin Construction Within Six Months

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last week, a new legal challenge arose for Apple's massive data center in Galway County, Ireland at the hands of three individuals in the nearby town of Athenry, who filed official complaints against the data center with the Galway County Council, local planning body An Bord Pleanála, and even the High Court. Today, the Irish High Court has ruled in Apple's favor and pledged to fast-track building approval of the data center following months of roadblocks and red tape (via Business Insider).

    Specifically, the court has decided to put the dispute between Apple and the three individuals on the "commercial list," a dedicated section of the court which deals with cases that have more than EUR1 million at stake. Because of this, the case "must be concluded within six months," and Apple will be able to eventually begin construction of the data center, which is intended to power services like the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud.

    Locals march in support of Apple's data center

    Today's decision followed a local march in Athenry yesterday organized by citizens in the town and its surrounding villages -- with more than 2,000 in attendance -- to show Apple that only a vocal minority was against the data center, and that most people are fervently in support of the Cupertino company's presence nearby. The citizens in support of Apple believe its data center will introduce new jobs to the area and boost the local economy.

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  2. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    I predict less outrage to this than there is for audio jacks and USB-C
  3. now i see it macrumors 68030

    Jan 2, 2002
    Marching for iCloud. Never thought we'd see the day.
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    I wonder what their slogan would be.

    "We're here! 5 gig tier! And we'd like to say hello! (again)"
  5. Garsun macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2009
    I hope they are not disappointed about the number of jobs. The data center I was involved in only employed 10 people, four of which had to have advanced training in their specialties, and therefore would be hired outside the region.

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