Apple’s Irish data center finally wins approval

Apple has finally been given permission by Ireland's High Court to build a new data centre in Athenry, County Galway, reports Business Insider.

Justice Paul McDermott ruled that Apple should be granted permission to build the data centre on Ireland's west coast. Seán Kyne, Ireland's minister for community development, natural resources, and digital development, said it was "very positive news for Galway and the West of Ireland."

Computer-generated image of Apple’s upcoming data center in Ireland — courtesy of ‘Business Week’

Computer-generated image of Apple’s upcoming data center in Ireland — courtesy of ‘Business Week’

Apple planned to start building the data center on a 500-acre site before the end of 2015. However, it was delayed when unhappy Irish citizens lodged formal complaints with the Irish government. Complainants argued that the data centre would increase noise and light pollution, flooding, and traffic. 

Apple asked the High Court at the start of November 2016 to fast-track the legal challenge brought about by the three individuals. However, the decision seems on a slow track, not a fast one.