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Campaigner Peter Sweetman

Campaigner Peter Sweetman

Campaigner Peter Sweetman

The country's most high-profile planning activist has turned his sights on the largest-ever proposed single private investment in the history of the State.

Peter Sweetman has told Kildare County Council that it is not possible for it to give the go-ahead to Intel's planned new $4bn (€3.53bn) fabrication manufacturing facility at its Leixlip plant.

In a submission to the planning authority on the Intel plan, Mr Sweetman states that construction or the go-ahead for the plan can't proceed without specific details of the grid connection to serve the new facility.

Mr Sweetman's intervention in the planning case is the latest the veteran campaigner has involved himself in.

Mr Sweetman most recently objected to a new €40m expansion at the Trump Doonbeg golf resort. This followed him last year bringing the resort's planned sea defence plan before the High Court.

Asked yesterday does he envisage bringing his argument concerning the grid connection for the Intel facility before the courts if his point is ignored by Kildare Council, Mr Sweetman would only say: "I cross each bridge when I get there."

Asked what motivates him in lodging his submissions, Mr Sweetman said: "I believe that the law must be complied with." He said that three victories for him in the European Court of Justice "says that I am mostly right". Mr Sweetman has previously declared "I am a Nimby (Not In My Back Yard) and Ireland is my back yard."

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