Data centre timeline: How Apple secured plan for Athenry
Process towards building tech giant’s facility in Co Galway began in early 2015
File photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA
Apple unveils plans for large scale data centres in Galway and Denmark.
Apple Distribution International lodges application with Galway County Council.
September 20th, 2015
Galway County Council grants permission for data ce
September 22nd, 2015
Appeals against the council’s decision are lodged with An Bord Pleanála. Eight parties appeal the decision, including Sinead Fitzpatrick, on behalf of Concerned Residents of Lisheenkyle, and Allan Daly.
A four-day An Bord Pleanála public hearing on the development begins.
An Bord Pleanála, following the recommendation of its inspector Stephen Kay, grants permission.
Sinéad Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly initiate High Court challenge to An Bórd Pleanála’s decision.
Work starts on Danish data centre.
Legal challenges to the board’s decision by Fitzpatrick/Daly and Brian McDonagh are admitted to the Commercial Court’s “fast-track” procedure.
Apple announces second data centre for Denmark.
Mr Justice Paul McDermott in the Commercial Court rejects judicial review challenges.