Apple is no longer building their $1 billion Irish data centre

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  • Apple has announced that they will no longer build their $1 billion data centre in Ireland, as a result of planning delays, reports Reuters. 

    The company announced three years ago that they would invest $2 billion into building new, green data centres in Ireland and Denmark.

    The tech-giant had yet to start construction on the centre. 

    “Despite our best efforts, delays in the approval process have forced us to make other plans and we will not be able to move forward with the data centre,” Apple said in a statement to Reuters. “While disappointing, this setback will not dampen our enthusiasm for future projects in Ireland as our business continues to grow."

    The planned data centre was set to cover 166,000 square metres, and was set to launch back in 2017.

    “We’ve been operating in Ireland since 1980 and we’re proud of the many contributions we make to the economy and job creation. In the last two years we’ve spent over €550 million with local companies and, all told, our investment and innovation supports more than 25,000 jobs up and down the country. We’re deeply committed to our employees and customers in Ireland and we are expanding our operations in Cork, with a new facility for our talented team there,” the company said in a statement to TechCrunch.  

    The data centre was set to create 300 jobs in total, with 150 technical staff being employed to run the centre once it was completed.

    “The Government, together with IDA Ireland, did everything it could to support this investment. This included high-level engagement with the company, both at home and abroad,” Ireland’s minister for business, enterprise and innovation, Heather Humphreys, said in a statement. “Ultimately, in spite of these efforts, Apple has taken a commercial decision not to proceed, making it clear that the delays that beset this project caused them to reconsider their plan."

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