Apple today announced it has scrapped plans and will no longer be pursuing the construction of a proposed data centre in Athenry. Some local residents in the Athenry area had objected to the U.S technology giants construction of the centre which was due to be built on a 500-acre site. Apple cited the delays in the approval process as the reason behind their decision to pull out.
In a statement the company said;
“We’ve been operating in Ireland since 1980 and we’re proud of the many contributions we make to the economy and job creation. In the last two years, we’ve spent over €550 million with local companies and, all told, our investment and innovation supports more than 25,000 jobs up and down the country.”
“Several years ago we applied to build a data centre at 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 centre.”
“While disappointing, this setback will not dampen our enthusiasm for future projects in Ireland as our business continues to grow.”
A statement from Business Minister Heather Humphreys expressed the Governments disappointment following today’s announcement;
“I very much regret that Apple will not be pursuing its plans to construct a data centre in Athenry, especially as the project would have been a source of significant investment and job creation for Galway and the West of Ireland. Notwithstanding this bad news, I welcome that Apple have confirmed that they are strongly committed to their existing operations in Ireland.”
Ireland has long been a favourable location for data centres due to its favourable climate and Apple still employ 5,500 people across the country and has invested nearly €140 million in developing a modern campus for their employee base in Cork.