New Plant for Intel given the Go Ahead

jameslawlesseamonnsinnotI welcome the decision by the council to grant planning for the new site. From my meetings with Intel I understand this application has been in the process for some time but this is the final stage of securing that permission. Essentially the entire manufacturing process has to be rewired for the next generation of chip technology which involves wholesale changes to every aspect of the facility. This is ground breaking, globally leading technology being developed right here in Leixlip.

In my role as technology spokesperson for Fianna Fáil I meet with Intel regularly and congratulate them on this next step. They are a fantastic local employer and also heavily invested in the local community and this grant of permission is a very welcome and progressive step by the county council. Continue Reading →

#marchforscience

17992045_10155028457641047_7264221241818342397_nI was part of the one thousand plus people who gathered in Dublin today to #MarchForScience.

In the “post truth age” Turkish academics have been imprisoned, Hungary’s top university has had its funding cutoff after it criticised the ruling party and in the U.S. “alternative facts” drive political discourse. Continue Reading →

150 New Jobs for Naas via Dawn Farms

I was delighted to be present at Dawn Farms this morning for the announcement of 150 new jobs in the food innovation sector. I know the Queally family well and many other local people involved in the operation.

I had a very positive discussion with Julie Cinnamon of Enterprise Ireland whom I deal with in my role as Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Innovation and of course the Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor. The company are to be congratulated for their success and hard work in taking this enterprise from 8 employees in the early 80s to over 1,000 employed with them today.

The investment in R&D capability is very welcome and is the kind of sustainable jobs that will help keep Ireland competitive despite changing trends in the international economy. This is also a very welcome piece of good news for Naas town and surrounds and hopefully will help to grow confidence in the area and general business environment

Kildare’s Small Firms Making Big Waves in Business

With Fiona Craul & Susan Dempsey of Sweetspot Sourcing (Naas), and Sue O'Neill (Sallins) of the Small Firms Assoication.

With Fiona Craul & Susan Dempsey of Sweetspot Sourcing (Naas), and Sue O’Neill (Sallins) of the Small Firms Assoication.

As Fianna Fáil Technology spokesperson I met with a number of Kildare firms in the RDS this week inculding Ventac, Sweetspot Sourcing and Sea Change who were all showcasing their businesses with the Small Firms Association.

It is very encouraging to see such talented businesses all based in Kildare, including two from Naas. These businesses are all models of innovation, entrepreneurship and making things happen. It was a pleasure to listen to them and take away their ideas for any further policy initiatives.

I was delighted to speak with Fiona Craul and Susan Dempsey of Sweetspot Sourcing, a manufacturing company. With offices in Naas & China their business is a shining example of the success small firms in Kildare can have. Continue Reading →