An Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead to Intel for a major €3.65 billion expansion at its headquarters in Leixlip. The large fabrication (FAB) facility will be involved in the manufacture of integrated circuits. The project represents the largest single private investment in the history of the State on one project, if given the go-ahead by Intel globally.

In welcoming the decision by An Bord Pleanala, Labour Party representative Emmet Stagg said that the proposal is part of a strategic initiative by Intel Leixlip to ensure that the campus is optimised and is in a competitively placed position to compete for the next generation of investment with the Intel Corporation, when major future capital investment decisions are being considered.

Mr Stagg said the proposal was supported by the Current Leixlip Local Area Plan and Kildare County Development Plan and various regional and National Strategies and Guidelines.

Denise Maguire   Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine