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29/06/2018

Ireland round-up: Facebook’s Meath data centre plan make waves; Green light for Donegal wind farm

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 23 June-29 June, 2018

Facebook’s Meath data centre plan make waves

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 Co Meath.

The Planner

Green light for Donegal wind farm

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light for a 19-turbine wind farm at Meenbog, Croaghonagh and Cashelnavean, in County Donegal, close to the border with Northern Ireland.

An Bord Pleanála

Social housing for IDA land bank?

Campaigners are arguing that the IDA, the State investment agency, is sitting on an unused landbank of more than 2,700 acres some of which could be used for social and affordable housing.

 Irish Times

Third terminal suggested for Dublin airport

Transport minister Shane Ross has raised the possibility of a third terminal being built at Dublin airport.

Irish Times

Smart capital

Dublin City Council and SoftBank have announced a landmark partnership to help shape global smart city initiatives in the capital.

Dublin City Council

Howth development raises subsidence fears

A major development planned for the seaside village of Howth, north Dublin, has sparked concerns over proposals to remove thousands of tonnes of sand from an area with a history of landslides and subsidence.

Irish Times

Costly capital

Dublin is now the costliest city in the Eurozone to live in for expats, according to a new survey by global consultants Mercer.

Irish Independent

Swords bio project backed

Pharmaceutical giant MSD - part of the US group Merck - has been given the go-ahead for plans to build a new biologics facility in Swords, County Dublin, that will employ 350.

Irish Independent

More flats for Dublin race course scheme

Developer Flynn & O'Flaherty is planning more flats at its development at the former Phoenix Park Racecourse site in the capital.

Irish Independent

U2 exhibition move

Rock group U2 are to build their own exhibition centre in Dublin on the site of their current recording and rehearsal studio on the south docks, which is where the band recorded many of their best-known albums.

Irish Independent

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