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Facebook’s Meath data centre plan make waves

Words: Roger Milne
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Media reports have signalled that Facebook is proposing to invest €300 million to build two new data centre facilities adjacent to the tech giant’s existing data centre complex at Clonee in County Meath.

The new buildings will have a development footprint of around 57,000 square metres and their construction could create 1,400 jobs. The expansion is earmarked for 80 hectares of farm land near the Dublin-Meath border.

The company is also rumoured to be expanding in Dublin, with the potential to generate up to 1,000 jobs both on Dublin’s northside as well as a new campus tipped for Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, data centre provider CyrusOne is facing opposition from residents in Baldonnel, south west Dublin, over its proposals for a data centre complex on land bought from South Dublin County Council at a business park.

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