Further legal challenge to Apple data centre in Athenry

The proposed Apple data centre for Athenry.

The proposed Apple data centre for Athenry.

Two Athenry residents who mounted a legal challenge to plans by tech giant Apple to build a data centre outside the town are seeking to appeal last week’s Commercial Court judgment.

Allan Daly and Sinead Fitzpatrick have requested a certificate to appeal the decision. The pair had challenged the grant of planning permission to Apple for an €850 million data centre at woodland in Derrydonnell, arguing that An Bord Pleanala had not carried out a proper environmental impact assessment of Apple’s overall plans before granting permission for the development, which comprises the first of two data centres.

That challenge was rejected by the Commercial Court last week, with Mr Justice Paul McDermott refusing their application to overturn planning permission for the project.

The objectors are now seeking a certificate of permission to appeal last week’s judgment. Their case is due back before Mr Justice McDermott on Wednesday October 25.


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