Apple cancels $1 billion Ireland project over delays

Apple cancels $1 billion Ireland project over delays
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Apple announced on Thursday it would cancel plans to build a $1 billion data center in Ireland, citing delays in the center's approval process. 

“Despite our best efforts, delays in the approval process have forced us to make other plans and we will not be able to move forward with the data center,” Apple said in a statement, according to Reuters.

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The company revealed in 2015 it would establish its data center in a rural town Athenry, but planning appeals have held back the site's approval. 

“There is no disputing that Apple’s decision is very disappointing, particularly for Athenry and the West of Ireland,” Ireland’s Minister for Business and Enterprise Heather Humphreys said, according to Reuters. 

“The government did everything it could to support this investment ... These delays have, if nothing else, underlined our need to make the state’s planning and legal processes more efficient," she continued.

Despite the data center's cancellation, Apple said it will expand its European headquarters in Ireland's County Cork. 

“While disappointing, this setback will not dampen our enthusiasm for future projects in Ireland as our business continues to grow,” Apple said. 

The company has plans to launch a data center in Denmark, which would be similar to the one that was supposed to be established in Ireland.