Thursday, November 23, 2017

‘Banana republic’. Decision on Apple Irish data centre delayed (again)

Although the reason this time was not a shortage of judges, the Cupertino giant has now to wait until late July as locals organise new demonstration of support.

Apple’s two-year long judicial battle in Ireland to get the approval for the construction of an €850m data centre seems to have no end as the court decision was once more delayed.

The multi-billion dollar iPhone maker has now to wait until July 27th to know of the future of the project, according to Galway Bay FM.

This is the second time the case has been delayed in the last week alone, after the Commercial Court in Dublin postponed the decision from June 23rd to June 30th due to a shortage of judges.

The data centre project, which covers 500 acres of land, has been proposed for Athenry in Galway back in February 2015.

On a Facebook group titled “Athenry for Apple”, several users expressed their discontent with the court’s delay.

User Paul Keane said this was “yet another delay in this saga that has truly left me disappointed in the system”.

“Lady Justice is blind in more ways than one,” he said.

Some of the 2,835 members labelled the decision as “disgraceful” and “unbelievable”.

One user wrote: “Banana republic only in Ireland… this is ridiculous beyond belief…. our democratic system stinks to high heaven….”

Members are now debating a second rally on the streets of Athenry in support for the data centre project.

Mike Rabbitte wrote: “I think another mass rally will pile on the pressure required. We need all politicians, local businesses, west of Ireland entrepreneurs, dare I say the county council, chambers of commerce from other towns etc.

“To give this the final push over the line. I also think a delegation to the Dáil is required. It’s a crying shame Athenry is falling off the map and towns around it are thriving. Bottom line, majority rules.”

More to follow.


Top picture: By Gabriel Ryan on Atherny for Apple Facebook page