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25 Oct 2017 If SID is the answer to Apple’s data centre woes, we are asking the wrong question. »

If SID is the answer to Apple’s data centre woes, we are asking the wrong question.

It has been just a little under three years since Apple announced that it hoped to build an €850m data centre in Athenry, County Galway.  The proposed development was to employ 100 people and would be one of the most significant investments ever made in the West of Ireland.  The planning application was lodged following consultation in September 2015.  Galway County Council granted permission following a request for further information.  The application was appealed to An Bord Pleanála, who granted permission in August 2016.   The decision was appealed by way of Judicial Review. ...

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11 Oct 2017 The first Varadkar/Donohoe budget suggests they plan another one before an election »

The first Varadkar/Donohoe budget suggests they plan another one before an election

During his campaign to become Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar used divisive language about wishing to support “people who get up early in the morning”. As Taoiseach he has sought to use more unifying language about wishing to create a Republic of Opportunity. Yesterday we got a chance to see did either piece of rhetoric mark a real statement of political intent. And when it came to it, Budget 2018, announced yesterday, gave some modest tax breaks to middle earners, a €5 increase in basic welfare payments, and some targeted increase in spending on health and housing. ...

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