Athenry Data Centre Not In The Bag Yet

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While today’s decision in Court 13 at the Four Courts brings Apple a little closer to breaking ground on the data centre in Athenry, RTE’s Will Goodbody has correctly issued a cautionary note of warning.

The objectors have been given leave to appeal.

The Galway Eye agrees with Goodbody’s sentiments. Given their history of attempting to prevent progress at every juncture, it would not be surprising if a further appeal were lodged by Brian McDonagh et al. in the coming weeks, once again stalling the €850m project.

It is now more than two years since An Bord Pleanala first gave the go-ahead for the data centre.

Perhaps the celebrations seen this afternoon in Court 13, and in Athenry town itself, are a little premature. What is certain is that one more obstacle has finally been removed in the High Court today by Mr Justice Paul McDermott.

Whether a further obstacle appears in the near future may well depend on the objectors having the means to launch another appeal.

Don’t uncork the champagne just yet…

About the Author

Mark White
A native of Dublin, Mark has slowly been moving West since 1997. Schooled at Gonzaga College and CBS Dun Laoghaire, he received his undergraduate degree in Software Engineering from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2002. Mark spent a number of years working as a C# Developer in the industry before deciding to undertake a research masters in Information Technology at NUI Galway in 2010. His work resulted in a new algorithm to reduce energy consumption in virtualised data centres and has been since published. He fills his working day writing software, taking photographs and editing The Galway Eye.