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Thousands attend rally in Athenry to show support of Apple's €850 million data centre

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Thousands attend rally in Athenry to show support of Apple's €850 million data centre

Thousands of people have attended a rally in Athenry in Co Galway to show their support of Apple's €850 million data centre.

The rally in support of the project, which is the biggest ever single investment west of the Shannon, was organised by a newly formed group 'Athenry for Apple'.

The High County is due to hear a case tomorrow after three objectors demanded a judicial review into how the planning permission was granted.

An Bord Pleanála granted permission for the project in August, however construction has been delayed by legal challenges.

Apple says 300 jobs will be created during construction of the data centre with 150 people employed there once it is operational.

Despite potential lengthy delays due to the legal action, speakers at the rally urged Apple to stay committed to Athenry.

The 24,500 square metre data centre will cater for the company's Apple Music, App Store, Messages, Maps and Siri customers in Europe.

The facility is to be built on a greenfield site at Derrydonnell.