IDA boss vows to keep pressure on Apple for Athenry site

The head of IDA Ireland has said the organisation intends to stay in close contact with Apple to ensure Athenry remains high on its agenda.

Martin Shanahan’s comments came amid concerns that the multinational company has withdrawn its commitment to the €850 million development in Athenry.

The project has experienced two years of delays because of planning and legal challenges.

Last week, the High Court refused to allow an appeal application against the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for the data centre.

However, an appeal submission can still be lodged to the higher Supreme Court.

Concern has been mounting about the future of the Athenry data centre following Apple’s failure to give a commitment to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that it would continue with its plans, during a meeting in California last week.

However, CEO of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan said they will continue to correspond with Apple in relation to the Athenry site.

Meanwhile, Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald told Galway Bay fm that the government is working to ensure the delays faced by Apple don’t happen again.