10 May 2018
Today is a sad day for Galway and the region. We have lost a significant source of investment and job creation.
Speaking after the Apple announcement this morning that it will not proceed with its planned data centre in Athenry, Co. Galway, President of Galway Chamber Dave Hickey said that decision, while deeply disappointing, is not unexpected.
‘In 2015 we welcomed the announcement by Apple that it was to invest €850 million in Derrydonnell, Athenry. We supported the project from the beginning and through the planning process.
‘Today is a sad day for Galway and the region. We have lost a significant source of investment and job creation and the opportunity to welcome a world-renowned company to Galway’, he said.
‘At a time when we are young, well-qualified people are leaving Galway for job opportunities on the east coast and further afield, we have missed a great opportunity to start re-dressing that trend.’
The President also said that the delays to the project because of the protracted planning process were the cause of this decision and Apple had significantly a better experience in applying for a similar facility in Denmark. He added that this shows that Ireland is losing out to countries where there is a more modern and streamlined approach to planning. He called for a complete overhaul of, and investment in the local and national planning processes in Ireland.
In conclusion, President Dave Hickey said that he welcomed that fact that Apple have said that the disappointing outcome to its plans for the Athenry data centre would not affect its future plans for Ireland as its business grows.
‘Apple has been operating in Ireland since 1980 and I hope that the company will continue to embed in the Irish business landscape and will consider Galway as a desirable location for future investment.
‘We need to welcome companies like Apple, we need to encourage them to do business here and we need to ensure that projects which will create jobs and investment in the region are supported’, he said.