A Fine Gael Senator has called on the IDA to step up its efforts in promoting Killala for a data centre, as planning permission has already been granted for such a development at the former Asahi site.

Senator Michelle Mulherin says we were told the main difficulty in developing a data centre is obtaining planning permission like in Athenry where Apple scrapped its plans for a data centre after a long planning row.

She says in Mayo, we have planning permission for a data centre in Killala since June 2017, where there is a high-speed transatlantic fibre optic cable, and there is planning permission for a combined heat and power plant beside it, providing a secure, reliable and sustainable source of energy which is a key factor for data centres.

Senator Mulherin says she wants to know what is being done to promote investment in these situations, as there have been no takers for the data centre so far.

She says the likes of Microsoft, Facebook and Google should be enticed to come to Killala.

Senator Mulherin put that question to IDA representatives when they came before the recent Joint Oireachtas Climate Action Committee recently.

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