Three people delaying the largest ever investment in the West of Ireland.

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In February 2015, Apple announced that it was building two new European data centres; one in Viborg in Denmark, the other in Athenry, Co Galway. The one in Viborg in already half-built. Not a sod has been turned on the Galway site as the development is being held up by three unnamed individuals who have used the planning process to lodge objections.

One of these individuals is a landowner who lives in.....Wicklow. Yep, Wicklow.

It's the biggest single investment ever proposed west of the Shannon yet it's now in serious danger. Data centres were supposed to be The Next Big Thing for Ireland. We have the climate and the infrastructure. As things stand, the project could be delayed until April 2018. Apple is getting increasingly frustrated at these delays.

If the Danes can do it, why can't we?

Apple remains stuck in mud in fields of Athenry
 


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A judicial review is the next stage. That'll take up a couple of years and plenty of legal fees.
 

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In February 2015, Apple announced that it was building two new European data centres; one in Viborg in Denmark, the other in Athenry, Co Galway. The one in Viborg in already half-built. Not a sod has been turned on the Galway site as the development is being held up by three unnamed individuals who have used the planning process to lodge objections.

One of these individuals is a landowner who lives in.....Wicklow. Yep, Wicklow.

It's the biggest single investment ever proposed west of the Shannon yet it's now in serious danger. Data centres were supposed to be The Next Big Thing for Ireland. We have the climate and the infrastructure. As things stand, the project could be delayed until April 2018. Apple is getting increasingly frustrated at these delays.

If the Danes can do it, why can't we?

Apple remains stuck in mud in fields of Athenry
I've never believed this was a runner. With 13bn in tax outstanding I don't care if Apple are frustrated. It should be citizens in the west that are frustrated.

The article chosing to base it's story on Sara is sickening. It's trying to sell the idea that 'you are losing out here. Apple can save you'.
 

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Personally I like a system which places concerns of the public over big business.

Whether these concerns are genuine is another matter.
 

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Mayo prefers the 19th century. They've no time for stuff like industry and jobs. The ones who don't get PS jobs can work in the Robinson Center in Ballina or join the Aosdana. The rest can emigrate.
 
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Personally I like a system which places concerns of the public over big business.

Whether these concerns are genuine is another matter.
The concerns of the Athenry public seem to be jobs for themselves and their children. Does that not count?
 
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Mayo prefers the 19th century. They've no time for stuff like industry and jobs. The ones who don't get PS jobs can work in the Robinson Center in Ballina or join the Aosdana. The rest can emigrate.
*Cough*

Athenry is in Galway. :)
 

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Personally I like a system which places concerns of the public over big business.

Whether these concerns are genuine is another matter.
The concerns of 3 people over those of a town of 4,000, concerns that have already been looked at twice now, really?

We do need to get a grip on this sort of nonsense.
 

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I wonder could someone who loses out on a job there have a case to sue the objectors for loss of earnings. Could someone forced out of the housing market sue people who object to planning permission. Or does attaching responsibilities and consequences to rights sound too alien a concept.
 

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Mayo prefers the 19th century. They've no time for stuff like industry and jobs. The ones who don't get PS jobs can work in the Robinson Center in Ballina or join the Aosdana. The rest can emigrate.
Unless there was a Mayo/Galway Anschluss overnight, Athenry is in Co Galway
 

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The concerns of 3 people over those of a town of 4,000, concerns that have already been looked at twice now, really?

We do need to get a grip on this sort of nonsense.
Planning permission for a house extension in Dalkey can be objected to by someone in Howth, who claims it will 'spoil their view'.
They must have terrific eyesight.
 
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I wonder could someone who loses out on a job there have a case to sue the objectors for loss of earnings. Could someone forced out of the housing market sue people who object to planning permission. Or does attaching responsibilities and consequences to rights sound too alien a concept.
I can think of many counties around the midlands who'd give their eye teeth for this kind of investment.

Some counties get hundreds of jobs per year courtesy of the IDA.

Other counties don't even get a site visit.
 
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Unless there was a Mayo/Galway Anschluss overnight, Athenry is in Co Galway
There was a marauding party that made it as far as Headford, but they were sent back over the Moyne bridge with their tails between their legs.
 

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There was a marauding party that made it as far as Headford, but they were sent back over the Moyne bridge with their tails between their legs.
That happened at Shrule back in the day. Hence the name Sruth Fhola - River of Blood.

Nowadays hostilities confined to football
 

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There was a marauding party that made it as far as Headford, but they were sent back over the Moyne bridge with their tails between their legs.
The battle lines have merely shifted a few miles down the N-84 to Shrule. In the true spirit of let's leave our differences at the door, Gibbons's pub, next to the bridge, has been declared a neutral ground for mayonians and galwonians alike.
 

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The three people challenging the proposed facility have been warned that if their high court effort fails, then they will forfeit all their rights and will be sentenced to a life time of a human sized hamster wheel, to help in generating electricity for the power hungry facility.
 


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