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1 August 2017

Upset in Athenry: Examining the impact of Apple's delayed Irish datacentre build

Ireland has emerged as an accommodating host to many of the global hyperscale community’s major players in recent years, with the likes of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft collectively investing billions of pounds in building datacentres on the island. The country’s congenial corporate tax regime, and the ongoing efforts of the Irish government to court foreign investment, have each played their part in luring these companies to the Emerald Isle, as they all strive to meet growing user demand for locally hosted cloud services. Compared to London and the South East, the lower cost associated with acquiring land in Ireland is often listed as being a draw for overseas operators scouting out new European sites, while the country’s temperate climate is another tick in the box for cost-conscious datacentre operators. While the island might meet the necessary economic and climatic conditions needed to encourage these large-scale datacentre operators to set up shop, they still need to secure planning permission for their builds to...

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