Hello! After almost two and half years of announcing Apple’s Irish data center, permissions to build it have just now been approved.

The project is estimated to cost €850M ($1B). The decision came after Ireland’s High Court decided this morning, October 12th. The decision was so long-delayed that Apple had time to complete construction of the Danish data center.

It had first looked like permission would be given immediately, with Apple vowing to hide the center in woodland and fully restoring all the predicted damage done to the environment, and to power the data center entirely by renewable energy. Most of the local population was in favor, given the jobs and income the data center would bring to the area. Planning approval was quickly granted before objections were lodged on environmental grounds. The Irish and Danish data centers are designed to improve the performance of cloud services for European customers, including Siri, iMessage, iTunes, iMessage and Maps.

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