The data centre industry in Ireland is booming. A skilled workforce, access to EU markets and low corporate tax regime have led to a number of global tech companies setting up their European headquarters and hosting digital assets in the country, helping generate more than €7 billion in economic benefit in Ireland since 2010 with total planned data centre investment expected to reach €9.3 billion by 2021.
Despite becoming increasingly critical to business and to Ireland’s future, data centres are difficult to get through planning due to the likelihood of objections and subsequent appeals and legal challenges around their perceived social and environmental impacts, leading to lengthy delays. In May 2018, Apple scrapped its plans for a €850 million data centre in Athenry, County Galway, as a result of two years of appeals.
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