1. A decision is due this morning on the future of Apple’s proposed €850m data centre in Athenry, Co. Galway. Work was due to get underway this year but the project was delayed due to a legal challenge to its planning permission.It’s been two years since Apple announced plans to build two data centres in Europe – one in Denmark and one on Coillte owned lands in Athenry.
2. Angry customers affected by the Tracker Mortgage scandal will tell their stories at the Oireachtas Finance Committee today. They’re calling for pressure to be put on the banks to pay them the compensation they’re owed. Thousands of mortgage holders were put on more expensive rates and overcharged hundreds of euro per month by their bank for a number of years.
3. The Public Accounts Committee is raising questions around the failure to collect 5.3 million euro in motorway tolls last year. eFlow – which runs the barrier-free M50 toll – wrote off the charges last year. It says they’re ‘uncollectable’. The revelation is contained in Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s financial statements for 2016.
4. Irish people doing their Christmas food shop in Marks and Spencer are set to pay up to 39% more than their UK counterparts. The British retailer is hiking up the prices on groceries like turkeys, mince pies and trifles in Irish shops.A spokeswoman for the company has suggested that the higher cost of doing business in Ireland is behind the price difference.
5. One in five people with sight loss is waiting more than a year for an inpatient appointment. Meanwhile the Irish Guide Dogs are using World Sight day to highlight the number of blind people who are unemployed.
6. A new film-making fund for the west is set to create 90 new jobs.The 2 million euro WRAP fund aims to kickstart film, TV, animation and games projects. It will run over a three-year period in association with local authorities in Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. The initiative will support 15 development projects, with the aim of bringing at least three of these into full production.