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Farmer takes High Court action to stop Intel plant plan


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A farmer's application to bring a legal challenge to Intel Ireland's planning permission for a €3.6bn expansion to its facility in Co Kildare must be heard in the presence of the other parties, a High Court judge has said.

Thomas Reid is seeking to bring judicial review proceedings over An Bord Pleanála's approval last November to the computer chip manufacturer to expand its plant at Collinstown in Leixlip.

Mr Reid, whose farm at Hensor House, Blakestown, Maynooth, is beside lands that are the subject of the planning decision, claims the decision is flawed, was rushed and should be set aside.

In proceedings against the board, where Intel Ireland Ltd is a notice party, Mr Reid seeks various reliefs including an order quashing the decision to grant permission.

In 2015, Mr Reid won a landmark Supreme Court decision against the IDA over the use of compulsory purchase orders for his 72 acre farm.

Under the expansion plan, the Intel facility's acreage will increase from 120 to 150 acres.

Last month, Mr Reid was given permission to apply to the court to bring his challenge. When the case returned yesterday before Mr Justice Charles Meenan as a one side only represented application, the judge said it should be brought on notice to the board and Intel.

Irish Independent