IDA boss says data centre moratorium weakens Ireland as a European tech hub

Martin Shanahan has warned that the current ban on new data centre facilities in the Dublin area could prompt global tech firms to retreat from this country

Eirgrid, the national grid operator, recently announced an effective ban on new data centres in Dublin until at least 2028. Picture: Getty

The moratorium on the building of new data centres in the greater Dublin region is putting Ireland’s position as a European tech hub under threat, the head of IDA Ireland has warned.

Speaking to the Business Post last week, Martin Shanahan said data centres were an “integral part of the technology ecosystem”, and he warned that the current ban on new facilities in Dublin could see global tech firms withdraw from Ireland.

“The lack of ...