Opposition to Apple's Irish data center stages last-ditch appeal, hearing scheduled next w...

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Two of the Athenry residents who have long opposed Apple's Irish data center are hoping to appeal a Commercial Court decision which otherwise greenlit the $1 billion project, potentially signalling yet more delays.




Allan Daly and Sinead Fitzpatrick have "requested a certificate to appeal the decision," the Galway Advertiser said on Thursday. The case should return in front of Justice Paul McDermott on Oct. 25.

The pair's main argument has been that An Bord Pleanala didn't do a proper environmental impact assessment before granting approval. Daly -- an American expat and environmental engineer -- has become a figurehead for the opposition movement, raising concerns about issues like greenhouse gas emissions and potential strain on the Irish power grid. Apple has insisted that the facility will be environmentally friendly and avoid overloading systems.

Apple announced plans for Irish and Danish data centers in Feb. 2015, but while the Danish center is already close to completion, construction crews have yet to break ground in Ireland because of opposition and related delays. In June, a shortage of judges postponed a hearing on the matter.

The situation has created conflict in Athenry, with many local residents claiming that the data center is needed to boost the economy of the small town.

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  • Reply 1 of 8
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,071member
    ...  "greenhouse gas emissions and potential strain on the power grid", yes, all things Apple is famous for doing.  /s
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  • Reply 2 of 8
    rob53rob53 Posts: 1,801member
    Ireland should simply deport Daly leaving Irish citizens to decide their own fate without another American getting in their business. 
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  • Reply 3 of 8
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 1,844member
    MacPro said:
    ...  "greenhouse gas emissions and potential strain on the power grid", yes, all things Apple is famous for doing.  /s
    Apple is well known for causing rolling blackouts in cities that have data centers. Renewable energy? How dare they. The complaints by Allan Daly are a load of nonsense. 
  • Reply 4 of 8
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 5,809member
    MacPro said:
    ...  "greenhouse gas emissions and potential strain on the power grid", yes, all things Apple is famous for doing.  /s
    Apple is well known for causing rolling blackouts in cities that have data centers. Renewable energy? How dare they. The complaints by Allan Daly are a load of nonsense. 
    It’s called obstruction by throwing stuff at a wall to see if anything sticks. And classic NIMBY stance.
    edited October 2017
  • Reply 5 of 8
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,226member
    rob53 said:
    Ireland should simply deport Daly leaving Irish citizens to decide their own fate without another American getting in their business. 
    Daly is actually an Irish surname. He has Irish in his blood.

  • Reply 6 of 8
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,226member

    MacPro said:
    ...  "greenhouse gas emissions and potential strain on the power grid", yes, all things Apple is famous for doing.  /s
    Apple is well known for causing rolling blackouts in cities that have data centers. Renewable energy? How dare they. The complaints by Allan Daly are a load of nonsense. 

    Can you clarify your statement? You claim that Apple causes blackouts, but that Daly's complaints are nonsense. Isn't Daly claiming that the data center will add load to the power system, thereby possibly causing blackouts? So you're both claiming the same thing?

    And where's the proof that Apple's data centers have caused even a single blackout? Please provide a link to a reputable article on that subject.
  • Reply 7 of 8
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 1,844member

    MacPro said:
    ...  "greenhouse gas emissions and potential strain on the power grid", yes, all things Apple is famous for doing.  /s
    Apple is well known for causing rolling blackouts in cities that have data centers. Renewable energy? How dare they. The complaints by Allan Daly are a load of nonsense. 

    Can you clarify your statement? You claim that Apple causes blackouts, but that Daly's complaints are nonsense. Isn't Daly claiming that the data center will add load to the power system, thereby possibly causing blackouts? So you're both claiming the same thing?

    And where's the proof that Apple's data centers have caused even a single blackout? Please provide a link to a reputable article on that subject.
    It was just sarcasm to the claim that Apple's data center could potentially strain the power grid in Ireland. 
    edited October 2017 anton zuykovJWSCjbdragon
  • Reply 8 of 8
    rob53rob53 Posts: 1,801member
    rob53 said:
    Ireland should simply deport Daly leaving Irish citizens to decide their own fate without another American getting in their business. 
    Daly is actually an Irish surname. He has Irish in his blood.

    Fine, my grandparents were German but that doesn’t mean I would emigrate to Germany. Article says Daly is an American expat, it doesn’t say his ancestors are from Ireland. I was being a bit sarcastic but only a bit. 
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