Google’s €150m centre gets council go-ahead

by Ian Begley

Google have officially been granted planning permission by South Dublin County Council to build its second Irish data centre in Newcastle, Clondalkin.
The council recently granted permission for the new €150m data centre, which will be built beside an existing Google facility which opened in Clondalkin in 2012.
The new centre will include the development of a 30,361 sq m, two storey data storage facility and additional outbuildings and parking for 83 cars on the 11 hectare site.
The new centre is expected to create 300 construction jobs, along with 60 full-time positions at the data centre itself.
Data centres are large warehouses that contain a vast group of networked computer servers typically used by organisations for the remote storage, processing, or distribution of large amounts of data.
Clondalkin TD Robert Dowds welcomed the investment, saying: “The new €150m Google data centre is a huge boost to the area, and taken together with the investments from Microsoft and Eircom, shows that Clondalkin has become a major high-tech hub.
“In the last two years, Clondalkin has attracted nearly €700m in investment from multinationals, which is a level of investment that most other areas would kill for. It is a great sign and it is great for Clondalkin, and hopefully we will see even more investment in Clondalkin in the coming years,” said Deputy Dowds.
Clondalkin election candidate Ken Kinsella (Lab) said: “This investment by Google in Clondalkin, and the rest of the €700m which has been invested in Clondalkin, is very welcome and hopefully we will continue to attract more investment into our community.”
However Sinn Fein’s Cllr Eoin O Broin is critical of the council’s agreement to grant Google planning permission, describing the decision as “deeply disappointing”.
He said: “The decision on the Google development in Newcastle is deeply disappointing. Residents were not opposed to the development. However they did request a number of very modest amendments to the plan.
“These included moving the temporary construction access point away from the Baldonnell Road; the relocation of a warehouse further away from the Baldonnell Road; and detailed measures to reduce the negative impact of the development on their homes and the natural environment.
“These requests could have easily been accommodated without any additional expense to Google.
“I am at a loss as to why the residents’ very reasonable requests were not attached as conditions to the planning permission,” said O Broin.
In response a council spokesperson said: “The planning authority would not be available to discuss the relevant conditions or any other issues relating to the proposed development as the period for appeal of the decision by first and third parties to An Bord Pleanala is still open.”

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