Planning process not fit for purpose

Planning process not fit for purpose

The Apple data centre saga has exposed significant flaws in our planning system

When Apple first announced its planned €850 million data centre project in Athenry, Co Galway in 2015, it was expected that the project would be up and running by 2017. Instead, as we know, it has been dogged by delay after delay as the project zig zagged its way through Ireland’s labyrinthine planning process. Yesterday, finally, it appeared that apple has emerged from the process, with the High Court refusing permission from two objectors who...

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