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No records kept of government meeting with Amazon over new data centre policy

Tech giant met with officials in the Department of the Environment in July to discuss energy, data centre development and grid infrastructure

Amazon: the company has previously lobbied the government to implement a policy statement expressing clear support for data centre development in Ireland. Picture: Getty

No record has been kept of what was said at a July 2022 meeting between Amazon officials and the government during which Ireland’s data centre policy and its grid infrastructure were discussed.

Executives from Amazon Web Services, a division of the US tech giant, met with officials at the Department of the Environment in the summer to discuss the country’s “energy and data centre development policy”, according to a filing in the lobbying register.

But no minutes of the meeting were kept, a department official told the Business Post in response to a Freedom of Information request.