Irish Court Gives Apple Go-Ahead for $1 Billion Data Center

 

Apple can begin construction on its $1 billion data center in Ireland, the High Court ruled today.

The tech giant initially received approval for the data center in 2015. Soon after, however, critics denounced the plans, citing potential environmental issues, among other concerns.

A similar Apple data center announced at the same time in Denmark is due to begin operations later this year and Apple has announced it will build a second data center there.

The Irish data center, in Athenry, County Galway, will be used to store European user data and to help power online services, including the iTunes Store, the App Store, iMessage, Maps, and Siri for customers across Europe.

In January 2016, Facebook announced plans to also build a data center in Ireland.

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