Within a statement today provided to The Independent, Apple has announced it is retracting plans to build a new, $1 billion dollar data center in Ireland.
Following the initial submission of plans first applied for in 2015, Apple has been hit with multiple setbacks from environmental activists and local groups. Despite A ‘final decision’ that ruled in Apple’s favour last year, a new appeal to reevaluate the judgement appears to have tipped Apple over the edge, causing the company to cancel all plans for the large Athenry based data center.
The new site would have created 50 permanent jobs and required around 300 construction contractors to build according to papers supporting the build. – The facility would help power iCloud and other Apple services, including iMessage, the App Store and Siri.
Speaking with The Independent, a company spokesperson said…
Several years ago we applied to build a data centre at Athenry. 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 hasn’t announced where it will build a replacement data center, however construction is underway in Denmark to build its second data center in the country.