Intel, Leixlip, is understood to be poised to begin preparatory work for what may be a significant expansion of its operations
An Bord Pleanal upheld Kildare County Council's decision to grant permission for a 90,000 square metre facility at the campus in 2017.
The Irish Times is now reporting that "Although the company has made no formal announcement about its plans, it is widely expected in official circles that it will move to increase manufacturing capacity at the Leixlip plant"
Thousands of construction jobs are likely to be created during the building phased, with, potentially, hundreds of permanent roles thereafter.
Intel employs around 4,000 people at its North Kildare campus.
Kildare North Fianna Fáil TD, James Lawless, is his party's spokesperson on Science and Technology.
He says “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.
“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."