The Taoiseach and the Tánaiste will be urged to do “everything in their power” to ensure that tech giant Intel chooses Oranmore as the location for its new microchip manufacturing plant – which could create 10,000 jobs and transform the economy of the West of Ireland.
The 540-acre site is owned by the defense forces and has been selected by IDA Ireland as the preferred site for the new EU “chip” base.
BY STEPHEN CORRIGAN
AND DARA BRADLEY
Oranmore faces sites in Poland, France and Germany and Intel has confirmed to Taoiseach Micheál Martin that the site is under review.
Galway East TD Ciarán Cannon said the development would be “transformative” and would be Intel’s largest chip manufacturing plant in the world.
Meanwhile, at an Athenry Oranmore Municipal District meeting this week, councilors backed a proposal by Cllr Liam Carroll to write to Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar urging them to move the plan forward.
“It would be a game-changer, not only for Oranmore but for all of Connacht. Imagine 10,000 employees directly at some point in the future, and the fallout from that, ”he said.
The Oranmore site would have been selected before three other sites in Ireland.
It is on Intel’s shortlist for the proposed project, which would involve building eight factory modules on a single campus at the site of the M6 motorway, northeast of Oranmore, the newspaper reported.
The American multinational tech company has narrowed its shortlist to 10 finalists; Oranmore faces sites in Poland, France and Germany.
The Sunday Times reported this weekend that if continued, Oranmore’s new “mega-fab” would eclipse Intel’s existing Leixlip site, which employs nearly 5,000 people.
Galway East TD, Ciaran Cannon (FG) said: “This would put Galway on the international map as a location for high tech investment and it would serve to rebalance the economic imbalance that exists in our country where all the weight is on the world. East Coast.
“IDA has a formula whereby every new job created in this industry creates about eight or nine additional downstream supply chain and service jobs. They say 10,000 onsite jobs – twice the population of Athens – on a campus, then another 80 to 90,000 offsite jobs. The numbers are phenomenal, mind boggling, ”said Deputy Cannon.
Demand for the facility emerged during Covid-19 when the supply chain between Asia and Europe broke down.
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