Galway Chamber today (11/07/2017) issued a statement following reports that Apple is to build a second datacentre in Denmark.
President of Galway Chamber Maurice O’Gorman said that the Chamber fully supported Apple in their plans for a datacentre in Athenry.
‘Galway Chamber made a detailed submission to An Bord Pleanala in favour of Apple’s plans for the Athenry site. We believed that the site as selected by Apple is suitable and that the construction of the datacentre is of benefit to the locality and the region. We also made a presentation at the Oral Hearing in Galway in favour of the plans.
‘Just a year ago we welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for the development of the Apple Data Centre in Athenry. At the time we said that this would be a great boost to the local economy, resulting in 300 jobs over multiple phases of construction and ongoing employment in the operation of the centre with 150 technical staff to be employed on an ongoing basis’, he said.
Galway Chamber believes that the decision by Apple to choose Galway and Athenry for this facility is a clear indication to others that this is a good place to do business, strengthening our ICT cluster and boding very well for the future.
However, since this time last year a judicial review on environmental grounds has been requested by local residents and another landowner, and the case is now expected, following delays, to be heard in court on July 30.
It was In February 2015 that Apple announced plans to spend €1.7 billion (£1.5 billion) on a data centre in Ireland and another in Denmark, with each one costing €850 million (£752 million).
The Danish data centre is expected to go live later this year but the project in Athenry, announced on the same day, is still to start.
‘We must now be concerned for the future of the datacentre at Athenry considering the advanced situation in Denmark. The project in Athenry has been beset with delays throughout the planning process’, Maurice O’Gorman said.
‘This concern includes the loss of construction jobs, full time jobs, support jobs, ancillary industries and the potential for future datacentres opting to locate here’, the President concluded.