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Irish PM: Cook didn't confirm $1 billion Apple data centre

Leo VaradkarA planned $1 billion Apple data centre is in doubt after Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said CEO Tim Cook would no longer commit to it, adding that Dublin would do whatever necessary to get it built.

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Apple announced plans in February 2015 to build the facility in a rural location in the west of Ireland to take advantage of green energy sources nearby, but the project has faced a two-year delay due to planning objections.

In a meeting on Thursday, Cook did not commit to going ahead with it, Varadkar told state broadcaster RTE.

"We didn't get a start date, or a definite commitment or anything like that," said Varadkar, who is on a tour of the United States to meet investors, adding he had told Cook that the government would do "anything within our power" to facilitate the resumption of the project.

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