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After abandoning its Athenry plan Apple may reconsider Ireland

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Apple boss Tim Cook says the company may consider locating another data centre in Ireland, after its attempts to locate a data centre in Athenry failed due to legal appeals, with a Supreme Court case still pending.

Last month there was widespread disappointment in Athenry, a small town in county Galway, Ireland, as well as across the west, after Apple announced it was abandoning plans for an 850 million euro data centre.

Apple employs 6,000 people in Ireland, with the majority based at its operations in Cork. During a visit to Apple’s base in Cork this week, Apple boss Tim Cook restated the company’s commitment to its Irish operations.

According to the Irish Times, the tech giant chief said he would welcome changes proposed by the Government to planning rules that would reduce time limits for some planning applications, and tighten the rules for who is eligible to take judicial review proceedings.

He added that when Apple’s requirements rendered the expansion of data centre capacity necessary, the company would consider Ireland once again.

Cook said the company respected the Irish planning process, adding that it just needed to work more quickly to provide certainty for businesses trying to make decisions that impacted their future. He dismissed any suggestion that changes to Ireland’s corporation tax regime would impact on Apple’s commitment to operations here.



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