Low lie the spirits of Athenry

Low lie the spirits of Athenry

Apple’s decision not to go ahead with its data centre is a major blow to the area – and a landmark industrial failure that should be investigated

The decision by Apple not to proceed with a big data centre in the Co Galway town of Athenry is a blow to the expectations of local people. It is also a blow to the IDA strategy to expand modern-day industrialisation to the rural regions of the country. Instead of facilitating Apple in establishing an exemplar regional development project at Athenry, we have inflicted an act of industrial self-harm.

The failure at Athenry is an...

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