Councillor Jarlath Munnelly, who shared this photo at the site on social media today, has welcomed the good news for Killala.

Land sale brings Mayo's first data centre a step closer

THE development of the first data centre in the west of Ireland has moved a step closer with the approval of the sale of lands near the former Asahi site in Killala.

AVAIO are behind the proposed data hub, which has the capacity to be a transformative project for Mayo and the west.

The elected members of Mayo County Council have approved the sale of two plots of land to AVAIO. Under the terms of the sale, the company must apply for planning permission on the first plot by October next.

The company have committed to engaging with the community before advancing a planning application, which was welcomed by councillors.

Local Councillor Jarlath Munnelly, at the monthly meeting of the council, said the project has enormous potential for Mayo and the west of Ireland, and particularly the Killala area.

Under the terms of the sale, he proposed that the Glebe House - birthplace of Dr. Kathleen Lynn - will not be sold, and the promoter's are interested in supporting local efforts to safeguard its future.

A portion of land will also be retained at Killala wastewater treatment plant to allow for future expansion.

The developers are also supportive of the Killala Community Trust.

Councillor Michael Loftus hailed the project as 'a game changer' for Killala, noting the construction phase could employ between 750 and 1,000 people.

The suitability of the site was commented on by Councillor Mark Duffy, with the transatlantic cable and a large number of renewable energy projects being developed in the region which can supply the power needed.