Supporters of the Apple data centre in Athenry, Co Galway, have a series of measures they say should be implemented to ensure that decisions on large industrial investments in future are not delayed by the planning process.

The 'Athenry for Apple' group said all planning applications worth more than €5m should go directly to a dedicated section in An Bord Pleanála responsible for such projects.

It also said observations on initial planning must be submitted within four weeks and responded to within eight weeks of the application date.

Objections past this point must come from a community made up of at least 100 people or 15% of the local community - whichever is larger, it claimed.

The group also called for cases that go to court to be completed within six months of the application to the judicial system by a dedicated commercial court at High Court level with a legislative basis.

It said applicants should only have 45 days from the date of the decision by An Bord Pleanála to make their application.

The group said all these measures should be implemented by the end of the year.

It claimed Ireland has potentially lost billions of euro in foreign direct investment because of the Apple case and damage to the country's reputation as a result of it.

Yesterday, the Commercial Court ruled the planned €850m data centre could proceed, when it refused applications from three objectors seeking to have the planning permission for the project overturned.

The matter is back in court on Monday when it may become clearer whether any of the objectors intend to appeal the ruling.

Apple has still not stated what its intentions are regarding the project.