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New Apple Data Centre to bring 300 Jobs to Galway

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New Apple Data Centre to bring 300 Jobs to Galway

Monday, February 23, 2015 

New Apple Data Centre to bring 300 Jobs to Galway

Tech giant Apple has announced plans to invest €1.7bn in two new data centres, one of which is to be located in Athenry, Co Galway.

300 jobs will be created during the multiple phases of project.

The first of its data centres to be located outside of the US, the investment will also see a data centre constructed in Denmark’s central Jutland area.

The 166,000-sq-metre centre will be built on a Coillte-owned greenfield site at Derrydonnell in Athenry.

Two state agencies, IDA Ireland and Coillte worked together on providing a property solution to secure the Apple investment.

Apple says it is recovering land previously used for growing and harvesting non-native trees. It has promised to restore native trees to the forest. The centres will also be 100% powered with renewable energy.

“The project will also provide an outdoor education space for local schools, as well as a walking trail for the community,” it said a the statement.

CEO Tim Cook said it was the biggest project in Europe to date, adding that hundreds of jobs will be created. 

The announcement has been welcomed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “It is a very significant investment in the West of Ireland and is fantastic news for Athenry with significant knock-on benefits for the region,” he said this morning.

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Source: IDA Ireland Press Release

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