Amazon gets green light for new data centre in Ireland

Profits up in Ireland

The good news for Amazon comes despite initial opposition from the Community Council on the doorstep of the facility.

Amazon has been given the go-ahead for a new data centre in Dublin, according to the Irish Independent newspaper. The new facility is 88,000 sq ft and located in Tallaght.

The Tallaght Community Council had previously told South Dublin County Council’s planning committee that it was “concerned” about an over-concentration of data centres in the area, but it seems Amazon has won over Tallaght residents.

A spokesperson on the Tallaght Community Council Facebook page says: “We had a constructive meeting with Amazon – we want high quality employers and strong enterprise creation for Tallaght from 2018-2028.

“We will continue to monitor all industrial areas, zoning and planning applications – pushing for a coordinated, formal enterprise vision and strategy for Tallaght.”

Tallaght Community Council had also previously said that many data centres don’t employ large numbers of people. A report commissioned by Facebook, published earlier this month, said an average hyperscale Facebook data centre in the US has a workforce of 196 people after five years of operation.

The new Amazon site will be located at the former site of a warehousing and distribution firm, and will be situated next to an existing Amazon data centre.

Last year, Amazon applied for planning permission for the first stage of potentially a €1bn data centre campus in Mulhuddart, Dublin, which Amazon has named Project G.

Project G covers 223,000 sq ft and is expected to cost around €200m to develop. The land there is owned by government inward investment arm IDA Ireland, and Amazon says eventually it could build up to seven data centres at the site.

In the face of some opposition, IDA Ireland has supported the Project G planning application, which will be supported by extra capacity added to the national power grid.