Kildare farmer objects to Intel's latest planning application

Thomas Reid has opposed the giant firm's plans in the past

Conor McHugh

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Conor McHugh

Kildare farmer objects to Intel's latest planning application

Thomas Reid in a still taken from The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid documentary

Farmer Thomas Reid has lodged an objection with Kildare County Council against plans by Intel for a €3.5 billion facility at its Leixlip plant.

Mr Reid has in the past won a lengthy legal battle preventing the IDA from compulsory purchasing his farm, which is on the Maynooth side of the Intel campus, and was the subject of the award winning documentary The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid. 

Intel has now sought planning permission for a manufacturing facility which is a follow-on from the first phase that the company received permission for in 2016.

The latest planned phase is opposed by Mr Reid, who lives on the Maynooth side of the Intel Campus.

The latest application, if successful, would see 6,000 construction workers there at its peak. The development would represent the largest private investment in the history of the state on a single project.

Mr Reid's objection, which was lodged with Kildare County Council, gives him the option to appeal the outcome of the Council's decision to An Bord Pleanala.