Let’s get in the nuclear game
John Mulligan’s piece (‘Delays could see Apple pull plug on €850m data centre’, Irish Independent, September 14), tells us that Apple is threatening to pull the plug on its planned data centre in Athenry, Co Galway.
I can understand the company’s frustration with Ireland’s planning process.
However, it is guilty of some magical thinking if it ever thought that a 240MW facility could be powered with intermittent renewable energy.
Ireland sorely needs more low-carbon electricity, but it also needs it to be reliable and affordable. Apple has been guilty of thinking that Ireland can provide this for it.
Only when we build a modern nuclear power plant will we be in a position to invite large tech companies here with the prospect of clean, affordable energy.
Other countries in Europe are stealing the march on us. Finland and Sweden have cheap, low-carbon electricity powered by nuclear. Let’s get in the game. It is a win-win for both the economy and the climate. Dr Pat Morrissey Adare, Co Limerick