Apple announced it would not build a $ 1 billion data center in Ireland after a planning delay of more than three years, [Reuters reported. Since 2015, Apple wants to build the data center in Athenry to be near green energy sources, but the plans were stopped in the approval process. The company had not even started building the center. Apple was tried on Thursday against the first approval of the planned first construction phase before the Supreme Court of Dublin.
"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 center," Apple said in a statement to Reuters. " While this setback will be disappointing, it will not dampen our enthusiasm for future projects in Ireland as our business continues to grow." Apple still has 6,000 employees at its European headquarters in County Cork, where it wants to expand] According to The Irish Times the planned construction of the data center in Athenry would have created around 300 jobs in multiple phases, while 1
In a statement, Ireland's Minister of Economy, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys said: "The government has done everything possible with IDA Ireland to support this investment, which included high-level engagement with the company at home and away In the end, despite these efforts, Apple has made a commercial decision not to proceed, indicating that the delays in the project have prompted them to rethink their plan. "
Apple opened in Ireland in the county Cork was a manufacturing facility in 1980 and currently employs 5,500 throughout Ireland. Last year, Apple reached an agreement with the EU to pay the country $ 15.4 billion in taxes.