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Council to comply with ministerial order to overturn data centre ban

The chief executive of South Dublin County Council recommends data centres remain ‘open for consideration’ despite representatives calling for an effective ban on new developments due to energy and environmental concerns

The move means the council would obey a ministerial order from Peter Burke, Minister of State at the Department of Housing. Picture: Getty

South Dublin County Council is to comply with the government’s order to scrap its plan to effectively ban data centres, ending the possibility that limits could be put on their development in the region despite opposition from several councillors.

Danny McLoughlin, the council’s chief executive, has recommended that the council change the zoning of data centres to “open for consideration” in its draft development plan – ending a decision taken by councillors to zone them ...