It is welcome news that Intel has begun preparations for significant expansions to their Leixlip site. It is very welcome news to those employed and living in Kildare North that Intel are about to begin to take the next steps to commence a possible expansion of their base in Leixlip. With two caps on, as a TD for the area and my party spokesperson on Science and Technology, I have regularly engaged with the microchip manufacturer. I am well aware of their commitment to our area and this will be another significant act of this assurance.
I believe the plans are part of a wider global manufacturing move by Intel. I am aware they see Ireland playing a significant role in this.
While the details are not yet announced, and this may be a multi-year project, Intel recently announced an investment of €4.3 billion at its Israel plant last year. Something similar could be expected here in Kildare.
I look forward to continuing to work with Intel to support their efforts in increasing presence in Kildare and seeing the formal plans over 2019 which can only be a benefit for our community.