Concerns over latest data centre planning proposal

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

A People Before Profit Councillor voiced serious concerns over a recent planning permission request for yet another data centre in the Grange Castle area of Dublin.

This proposed development, submitted by CyrusOne in July, includes plans for an on-site power plant, adding to the existing data centre infrastructure in the region.

The same company already operates a data centre in Grange Castle, while there are currently over 35 data centres in the South Dublin county area.

“I am deeply concerned about the continued expansion of data centres in Grange Castle,” said Councillor Madeleine Johansson.

“While technological advancements are essential for our society, we must balance this progress with the potential environmental and infrastructural consequences.

“The current proposal by CyrusOne, with its additional onsite power plant, raises significant alarms about the impact on carbon emissions.”

The councillor has stated that CyrusOne’s current data centre in Grange Castle already places demands on the local energy grid.

She cautioned that adding centres to the equation could exacerbate the pressure on the power supply, potentially leading to disruptions for local residents and businesses.

“We need to carefully assess the sustainability and environmental implications of every new development,” she said.

“Our responsibility is to safeguard the well-being of our community and the future of our planet, not to ensure the profits of big corporations.

“We must seriously consider the implications of such energy-intensive projects on Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon economy.”

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