Opening of Confey Coffee & Leixlip Youth Club

18198703_10155062568716047_914699152118373772_nI was delighted to attend the official opening of the “Confey Coffee” cafe as part of the Leixlip Youth Club and Community Centre. The project has been a long time in the making and some attendees have been involved for over twenty years. Intel also played a big part in funding for the project and the centre was one of the “pride of place” winners in their sponsorship competition. Well done to all involved, a great new resource for the people of Leixlip and Confey

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 →

Multi-Nationals in Kildare

ICTThis piece was first published in the Liffey Champion on 17th September 2016.

When Micheál Martin asked me to become our party spokesperson for Science, Technology, Research & Development, I saw it as a reflection on my background – I studied Maths and Physics before training as a Lawyer – but it was also made clear that the party was aware of the presence and strategic importance of the multinational, high tech sector in Kildare North and that this was a factor in assigning me that brief.

In politics one can be lucky or unlucky and it is hard to say where I sit in terms of marking my opposite number in government, Minister Halligan. Continue Reading →