Saturday 23 September 2017

Facebook's €200m data centre for Co Meath granted planning permission

Facebook's move to establish a new data centre in Meath would make it one of Ireland's largest tech employers
Facebook's move to establish a new data centre in Meath would make it one of Ireland's largest tech employers

Elaine Keogh

Facebook’s €200m data centre planned for Clonee in county Meath has been granted planning permission by Meath county council.

They have been approved to build  a data centre campus in 2 phases over 10 years; the campus will be on a 220 acres site that will be landscaped.

A large number of jobs will be created during the construction phase.

The news was welcomed by the chairman of Meath county council, Brian Fitzgerald who said, “this is the best news story that I have seen in county meath in relation to industrial development in my 30 years on the council.”

Cllr Fitzgerald said also said he hopes it will also promote the county as an employment base and encourage other Foreign Direct Investment.

The grant of permission is not yet final as objections can still be made to An Bord Pleanala.

Facebook has a separate planning application with An Bord Pleanala for a new 220kV substation to allow it connect to the national grid at Clonee.

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