Facebook Gets Green Light For Irish Data Centre

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Local Councillor says approval is the “best news” he’s had in the county in his 30 years of service

Facebook has been given the go ahead to construct its £145 million Irish data centre by Meath County Council.

The data centre, set to be built in Clonee, was awaiting final approval from the local council. Now it’s got the green light, Facebook will build the data centre over two phases in the next ten years.

36mW per building

The first phase will see two data centre buildings constructed with a floor area of 50,000 square metres and a data capacity of 36mW per building. Phase two will see a construction of a third data centre building with four data halls, and a floor space of 25,400 square metres.

data centreThe data centre will be Facebook’s second in Europe, the other located in Sweden. Ireland is home to Facebook’s European headquarters. The campus will reportedly use local renewable energy supplies and fibre web connections.

Facebook said once plans were approved, the data centre will help support thousands of high-skilled jobs in the region and millions of Euros in economic impact.

Speaking to Louth Meath radio, chairman of Meath County Council Brian Fitzgerald said: “I suppose it’s the best good news story that we’ve had in this county in my time on the county council – and that’s over 30 years.”

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