$1 Billion Apple Dream Fades for Irish Villagers Left on Hold


For a tiny village in the West of Ireland, a meeting 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) away at Apple Inc.’s California headquarters confirmed some of its worst fears.

Last week, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar traveled to see Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, with the iPhone maker’s long-delayed $1 billion data center in Athenry close to the Atlantic Coast, high on the agenda. Six weeks after Bloomberg News first reported that the project to build eight data halls was in jeopardy, Cook refused Varadkar guarantees that it would go ahead.

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“The local mood is one of frustration and disappointment,” Peter Feeney, a local councilor with Varadkar’s ruling Fine Gael party., said “If Tim Cook had good news, he would have given it to the prime minister — so if he didn’t give good news, there probably isn’t any right now.”

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