THE Industrial Development Authority is planning to buy a 40 hectare farm close to Intel between Leixlip and Maynooth, which could lead to thousands of new jobs being created in the area.
The land would be bought by compulsory purchase order, something which has not been done since the late 1980s.
While it cannot be confirmed, there are suggestions that the land is needed for a major industrial project leading to the creation of thousands of new jobs in addition to those currently at Intel.
In a statement on 6 July, an IDA spokesperson would only say: “IDA Ireland has initiated a process to consider the possible acquisition of some lands in Blakestown, Co Kildare, as part of its mandate to secure future Foreign Direct Investment and employment for Ireland, particularly in the areas of life sciences and ICT.
“As part of this process, Mr Conleth Bradley SC has been appointed as an independent adjudicator in connection with IDA’s consideration of whether it is appropriate to exercise its powers under the Industrial Development Authority Act 1986.
“This process will help inform the IDA Board on whether it will exercise its powers under this Act.
The Authority said it “continuously seeks to enhance Ireland’s property offering to support and win future foreign direct investment.”
The IDA’s statement came amidst reports that at a CPO hearing last week, Intel Ireland had been unsuccessful in trying to buy a 40 hectare farm at Blakestown as the owners or its current occupant, Tony Reid and family, do not want to sell it.
The farm, at Blaketown, is on the east or Maynooth side of Intel’s facility and is separated by a minor road, Kellystown lane, across which lies Intel.
There are some suggestions, which cannot be confirmed, that between twice and three times the number of jobs at Intel Leixlip, could be based in the area, including the current Intel ones, at the end of the process, but that there are question marks about the public infrastructure to accommodate those numbers.
Last month, Kildare North TD, Catherine Murphy was told in the Dail by Minister Richard Bruton that the IDA had not bought any land by CPO since 1988 but was considering some in Kildare.