The Government has approved measures to encourage the location of data centres in Ireland.

The measures contain plans to include the centres in the Strategic Infrastructure Act.

This would allow planning applications for data centres to be lodged directly with An Bord Pleanála.

There was also agreement on trying to find ways to link the centres to sources of renewable energy.

These proposals were brought to Cabinet by the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

Last week, the Commercial Court refused three applications to overturn An Bord Pleanála's decision to grant permission to Apple to build an €850m data centre near Athenry, Co Galway.

However, today lawyers for two objectors said they wished to appeal the decision.

Apple first announced plans to construct the data centre on a greenfield site at Derrydonnell Woods, near the Co Galway town in February 2015.