After years of delays, Apple finally gets the green light to build its $1 billion data center in Ireland

“Apple may proceed to build a 850 million euro ($1 billion) data center in Ireland, the High Court ruled on Thursday, bringing relief for the government after a two-year planning delay which it feared could hurt its reputation with investors,” Padraic Halpin reports for Reuters.

“Apple in February 2015 announced plans to build the data center in a rural location in the west of Ireland to take advantage of rich green energy sources nearby,” Halpin reports. “Planning permission was granted by the local council six months later, but a series of appeals blocked Apple from beginning work. High Court judge Paul McDermott on Thursday dismissed two separate appeals against the planning permission, clearing the way for the project to proceed.”

“Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar met Apple executives last month and said they had made clear their frustration with the planning and judicial delays and warned the process would color decisions that they might make about future investments,” Halpin reports. “It has said it will be one of the biggest capital investment projects in the west of Ireland, providing 300 construction jobs and 150 on-site permanent jobs.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple ought to codename that data center “Jackling House.”

The key to life is understanding that there are always three assholes who’ll never get it.MacDailyNews, November 4, 2016

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    1. Ireland makes the EU work for them. Wherever you go in Ireland you see signs pointing out that infrastructure and arts projects have been funded by the EU.

      Ireland knows when it’s on to a good thing and there is no way that they would quit.

      1. Anybody who knows anything about Ireland knows that EU membership has utterly changed the country and entirely for the better. The biggest threat to the Irish economy and society now isn’t the EU, but the prospect of Brexit dividing the island between warring trade zones. They remember The Troubles, and not in a good way.

        But you can’t convince the Trump constituency who regard the word of their hero as more inerrant than the Bible. He says that only he can MAGA, and only by denigrating everybody else. So they say the same. Multilateral trade agreements are EVIL, so the EU—as the best example of such an agreement—must be bad, too.

          1. Seems he’s been more than just Republican and Democrat…

            “Mr. Trump registered for the first time in New York as a Republican in July 1987, only to dump the GOP more than a decade later for the Independence Party in October 1999, according to the New York City Board of Elections.
            In August 2001, the billionaire enrolled as a Democrat. Eight years later, he returned to the Republican Party, The Smoking Gun reported.
            After only two years as a registered Republican, Mr. Trump left the party again, and in December 2011 marked a box that indicated, “I do not wish to enroll in a party.”
            Mr. Trump returned to the GOP in April 2012, The Smoking Gun reported.”

        1. There are plenty of people who might prefer me not to state my opinion, but that never worries me.

          For what it’s worth, I think that Northern Ireland should be re-united with Ireland and along with the UK, they should all remain in the EU. In my opinion, the move for Brexit is utter insanity and will cause immense damage to the UK and diminish the EU too. The big problem is that there is a large part of British society who are very bad at being Europeans and have long abhorred everything that Europe does, so we never made membership of the EU work for us in the way that other countries have done and we regularly pissed off other EU countries when politicians said stupid things to appeal to fractions within our society.

          Ironically, the Conservative party were the ones who took us into the EU in the first place and they are the ones now trying to take us out of the EU. I will never understand how groups such as industrialists, farmers and fishermen, who solidly support the Conservatives could have imagined that Brexit would ever be good for their industries.

          1. I have no legitimate say in how free people of a sovereign nation choose to assert their sovereignty. Are business and economic decisions they only consideration? Is it a wave of nationalism? Something else?

            I can tell you this, it’s a troublesome, but peaceful situation so far.

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