Sunday February 23, 2020

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

@aarrogan
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...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Patricia Macieira Kane founded her sustainable shop after experiencing firsthand how much plastic gets thrown away children’s early years

Elaine O'Regan | 19 hours ago

A decision by the Labour Court last August shone a spotlight on the thorny subject of whistleblowing

Patrick Walshe | 19 hours ago

Younger people value social responsibility, and want to go home at the end of the workday feeling they have done something meaningful

Milo-Arne Wilkinson | 19 hours ago