Planning permission for the centre is due to expire in September.

In 2018, the company decided not to proceed with its plans to develop an €850 million facility at the site it owns in Derrydonnell.

At the time, it said the planning approval process had forced it to make other plans.

According to the Galway County Council planning website, a decision is due on 8 August.

It is understood that Apple’s application for an extension of the existing planning application is aimed at providing it with more time to identify a buyer for the site.

The development has been for sale for the last two years with a website datahubwest.com advertising what is on offer.

“It is the applicant’s intention to support the provision of the consented works by identifying interested parties to develop the project and who can then proceed with the consented works within the relevant timeframes,” the application for an extension of the planning permission states.

“It is intended that construction activities will commence as soon as practicable following the identification of an appropriate developer to implement the permission,” it also states.

Apple declined to comment when contacted by RTÉ News.

The tech company first announced plans to construct the data centre on a greenfield site at Derrydonnell Woods near Athenry in February 2015.

The following September, Galway County Council gave permission for it to proceed subject to conditions, but that decision was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Following oral hearings the planning board confirmed the permission in August of 2017.

However, the case was the subject of judicial review proceedings taken by a number of objectors and ended up going first to the High Court and then being appealed to the Supreme Court, before the objections were dismissed by that court in 2019.

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