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Facebook chief defends data centres in face of criticism

Developments are not ‘hollow investments’ that only create jobs during construction, they are significant contributors to the economy, argues Gareth Lambe

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

26th January, 2020

The head of Facebook Ireland has hit back at claims that data centres are “hollow investments” that don’t contribute to jobs or the wider economy.

Critics of the developments have argued that while jobs are generated during construction, they do not result in extensive long-term employment and that they are significant carbon emitters.

Gareth Lambe said that the description of the centres as “hollow investments” was incorrect. He cited recent Facebook-commissioned...

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