Apple Athenry gets Commercial Court go-ahead

An artist's impression of the Apple centre in Athenry.

Apple’s proposed €850m data centre in Athenry has got the legal go-ahead.
Work was due to get underway this year but the project was delayed due to a legal challenge to its planning permission.
At 11.25 this morning the Commercial Court refused applications to overturn a decision to grant planning permission to Apple to build the data centre in Athenry.

Apple go-ahead in Athenry

The reaction in Athenry after the Commercial Court's decision in Apple's favour. (Video: Joe O'Shaughnessy)

Posted by Connacht Tribune – Galway City Tribune on Thursday, 12 October 2017

A number of local residents challenged An Bord Pleanála’s decision amid concerns it hadn’t carried out the necessary environmental assessment although the majority of Athenry residents are in favour the development and say it will secure the town’s future.
Mr. Justice Paul McDermott ruled against them this morning however, and they will now have to decide whether they want to appeal to the Supreme Court.