East Galway TD Seán Canney has said that media reports questioning Apple’s commitment to Athenry are incorrect.

Technology company Apple is reported to have told authorities in Ireland that continuing delays around its proposed data centre in Athenry in Co Galway could put the €1 billion project in jeopardy. 

The Independent Alliance TD said he has spoken with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar who confirmed he had been in contact with Apple executives last week.

In a statement, Mr Canney said: "They confirmed to him that they are still committed to the project in Athenry.

"Apple have expressed their concerns in the delays which is understandable but the bottom line is Apple are still committed to the project in Athenry."

Apple announced plans to build the centre near Athenry in 2015 and expected to have had it built by this year.

But a ruling on High Court objections to the project is still pending.

Apple has almost completed a similar project in Denmark announced at the same time and now it is planning a second data centre there.

The iPhone maker, which scouted 19 countries before choosing Ireland for the project, raised concern that it remains mired in the planning process, according to sources quoted by Bloomberg. 

The planned data centre in Athenry was due to cover 166,000 square metres, the equivalent to about 23 soccer fields. 

However, the company is still awaiting a court hearing into a challenge by objectors into the planning approval for the project. 

The company is also concerned that plans to power the centre could also be contested, adding additional delays, though it has not given a deadline for completing the process, according to one of the sources. 

Though the High Court agreed to fast-track a second legal challenge to the centre's planning approval in November, that case will not be heard until October.  

While the court probably will not block the centre altogether, it could send the project back into the planning process if it finds flaws in the earlier procedure. 

Depending on the outcome of the case, Apple may quietly shelve the centre or scale it back, rather than formally abandon it, according to one of the sources. 

Apple has declined to comment, as did IDA Ireland, the state agency responsible for attracting inward investment here.