Apple pushes Irish High Court to fast-track legal challenges to new datacenter

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    Apple pushes Irish High Court to fast-track legal challenges to new datacenter




    Apple is petitioning Ireland's High Court to fast-track a legal dispute over its planned datacenter in Athenry, hoping to avoid a wait up to 18 months for a normal judicial review.

    The company has specifically applied to be on the commercial list at the High Court, which can speed up disputes with over 1 million euros involved, the Irish Times said on Tuesday. That could shorten the wait to six months or less.

    The motion will be heard by the High Court on Nov. 7.

    Apple first announced plans for the Athenry datacenter in Feb. 2015. While the project has had private and governmental support —crucially, from Galway County Council and An Bord Pleanála —it has also faced a number of objections over concerns like power use, potential flooding, and disruptions to local wildlife and livestock. The request for a High Court judicial review stems from three private objectors.

    Ireland was originally expected to play home to Apple's first European datacenter, but a Danish center —announced at the same time as the Irish one —is now set to be the first, since construction on it is already underway.

    If and when it's finished Athenry datacenter is expected to cost at least 850 million euros, and eventually grow to up to eight halls.





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    Irish government agrees to fast-track complaints over Apple datacenter




    The Irish High Court has reportedly agreed to put Apple on its commercial list, fast-tracking the resolution of legal objections over its planned datacenter near Athenry.

    As a result Apple should be able to get a decision —one way or another —within six months, Business Insider said on Monday. The commercial list is reserved for disputes with 1 million euros or more involved.

    Had Apple failed to get on the list, it could have been forced to wait up to 18 months for the conclusion of a standard judicial review, adding even further delays to the beginning of construction. Two of the three objectors will now have their case heard on March 21 —an application to add the third will be heard on Nov. 14.

    The Athenry datacenter was once expected to be Apple's first in Europe, but reviews have forced its delay, whereas a facility in Denmark is already under construction. Groups and individuals have expressed concerns about the Irish complex, including its power use and potential environmental impact.

    It does however have the support of the Galway County Council, the review board An Bord Pleanála, and many local residents. This weekend over 2,000 people marched in Athenry to support the datacenter, arguing for its economic benefits.





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