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Apple Chief says tech giant may consider locating another data centre in Ireland after abandoning Athenry plan

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Apple boss Tim Cook says the tech giant may consider locating another data centre in Ireland.
It’s after its efforts to locate a data centre in Athenry failed due to legal appeals, with a Supreme Court case still pending.
There was widespread disappointment in Athenry and across the west last month after the announcement that Apple was abandoning its plans for an 850 million euro data centre.
During a visit to Apple’s base in Cork this week, Apple boss Tim Cook restated the company’s commitment to its Irish operations.
According to the Irish Times, the tech giant head said he would welcome changes proposed by the Government to planning rules that would reduce time limits for some planning applications and tighten the rules for who is eligible to take judicial review proceedings.
The Apple boss said that when its requirements dictated that Apple needed to expand its data centre capacity, it would consider Ireland again.
Mr Cook said the company respected the Irish planning process, adding it just needed to work more quickly to provide certainty for businesses trying to make decisions that impacted their future.
He dismissed any suggestion that changes to Ireland’s corporation tax regime would impact on Apple’s commitment to operations here.
Apple employs 6,000 people in Ireland, with the majority based at its operations in Cork.

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Plans for 60 apartments at West City Retail Park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been lodged for an apartment block at West City Centre Office & Retail Park in Westside.

The project would involve the demolition of the existing first floor office level, to make way for 60 new apartments.

The development would be primarily made up of two-bed and single-bed units spread across first, second and third floor level.

At present, Aldi is the anchor tenant of the retail park at ground floor level.

City planners are due to make a decision in January.

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Two Galway teaching graduates receive top awards

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two Galway teaching graduates have achieved ‘top of their class’ status at the annual Hibernia College conferring ceremony.

Along with that honour, Spiddal’s Aonghus Ó hEochaidh also received a placement performance award by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation.

While Mary Corless, a teacher in Scoil Bhride in Tuam, was awarded for receiving the highest grade in the research module.

Both teaching graduates were awarded during their conferring at Dublin’s Convention Centre.

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Call for county council to have 24/7 contract to service traffic lights

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for Galway County Council to have a 24/7 contract to service traffic lights.

Local Councillor Jim Cuddy is making the call after lights at Carnmore Cross were out of order from Friday last to Monday afternoon.

The Athenry/Oranmore councillor claims the temporary flashing lights put in place were “totally inadequate” in terms of road safety.

Councillor Cuddy says having no access to service on weekends is not good enough.

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