Humphreys: Apple’s decision to scrap Athenry data centre is “disappointing”

Apple is to scrap plans for a €850 million data centre in Athenry, County Galway, in a move that’s been described as “disappointing”.

The project – which was set to create hundreds of jobs – has faced lengthy legal efforts to block it on environmental grounds.

The tech giant says delays in the approval process has forced it to make other plans – and it will not be able to move forward with the data centre.

Business Minister and local TD Heather Humphreys says Apple’s decision is “disappointing” but the Government is working to make it easier for large data centres to be built.

She says a number of measures should help speed up the process:

Paul Keane from the group ‘Athenry for Apple’ says it’s a massive loss:

FULL STATEMENT FROM APPLE

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. We’re deeply committed to our employees and customers in Ireland and are expanding our operations in Cork, with a new facility for our talented team there.

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.”