Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s widespread disappointment in Athenry and across the west this evening after the announcement that Apple is officially pulling out of its plans for an 850 million euro data centre in East Galway.
The data centre – which was set to create hundreds of jobs – has faced lengthy legal efforts in the Supreme Court to block it on environmental grounds.
Discussions will take place with Apple to urge the company to consider selling the site of a planned data centre in Athenry to another company.
That’s according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar following the announcement that Apple is abandoning plans for the multi-million euro project.
The tech giant says delays in the approval process have forced it to make other plans.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says all possibilities for the site will now be looked at.
He says that it’s too easy to undertake a Judicial Review in this country.
Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys says Apple’s decision is disappointing but other opportunities are now being sought.
Paul Keane from the group ‘Athenry for Apple’ says its devastating that Apple is abandoning its plans.
While local Councillor Peter Feeney says Apple can’t be blamed for making a commercial decision to build a data centre elsewhere given the delays the project has faced.
In a statement to FYI Galway, Galway Chamber of Commerce says today is a sad day for Galway.
The business group says the decision of Apple to scrap its Athenry plans means the region has lost a significant source of investment and job creation.
City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)
The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.
The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.
The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.
It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.
Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city
Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.
Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.
They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.
In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.
Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to visit Galway tomorrow
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Leo Varadkar is to visit Galway tomorrow for a series of engagements across the county.
The Tanaiste will be visiting Connemara, Galway City, and Athenry.
Leo Varadkar will be hitting the road early, with his first stop at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara shortly after 9am.
He’ll then travel to University of Galway, where he’ll be attending the launch of Construct Innovate at mid-day.
Construct Innovate is Ireland’s National Construction Technology Centre – and aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation in the sector.
To round off his trip to Galway, The Tanaiste will pay a late afternoon visit to the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry at 4.45pm.