Thursday 22 February 2018

Apple data centre deal 'not dead' - Taoiseach

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Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged to reform the State's planning system on the back of the controversy surrounding Apple's plans to open up an €850m site in Co Galway.

Mr Varadkar told his parliamentary party meeting that the current law could be changed before Christmas to ensure a more streamlined process for proposed data centres.

He said there were data centres across the country, citing Amazon and Facebook.

But he rejected a proposal from Junior Minister Sean Kyne for a designated court for planning applications from major multinational firms.

Despite the Apple deal being in serious doubt, Mr Varadkar insisted the Government wasn't giving up.

"Leo was clear, the process needs to be simpler - but he was clear the Apple deal is still alive," said one source present.

Meanwhile, Mr Varadkar told TDs his speech at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis would focus on Government achievements and plans for the future, rather than criticising the Opposition.

Irish Independent

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