Una Mullally: Data centres reveal truth of Ireland’s climate double-speak

These energy vampires will drain already lacklustre efforts to meet climate targets

A Google data centre

A Google data centre

As data centres become a massive drain on Irish electricity and water, at what point will someone shout “Stop”? Ireland is an attractive location for data centres because of our low-level seismic activity and relatively mild climate, with a lack of extreme temperatures, although climate change will continue to affect the latter.

Ireland also appears to be very attractive for these massive construction projects because apparently, in the midst of a housing crisis, you can build pretty much anything in Ireland apart from houses.

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