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Intel logo (stock photo) REUTERS/Nigel Treblin/Files

Farmer Thomas Reid, who unsuccessfully opposed plans by Intel for a new $4bn (€3.6bn) facility at its Leixlip plant, has lodged a fresh objection against another planning application for the site.

An Bord Pleanála yesterday gave Intel the green light for its planned new manufacturing fabrication (Fab) facility at its Leixlip plant in Co Kildare.

The planning permission comes three years after Intel secured planning permission for the first phase of the 'Fab' facility, also valued at $4bn.

In total, the two planning permissions represent an $8bn (€7.25bn) investment which will employ 6,000 construction workers at peak and 1,600 full-time jobs on completion.

Intel's Leixlip campus currently employs 4,500 full-time posts where Intel has already invested $15bn (€13.6bn) on the site.

The 'Fab' proposal represents the largest single private investment in the history of the State on one project if given the go-ahead by Intel globally.

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Mr Reid, of Hedsor House, Blakestown, Carton, Maynooth, opposed both $4bn plans and brought both applications before An Bord Pleanála, but he has been unsuccessful on each occasion.

Mr Reid has long been a thorn in the side of the US multinational in the planning arena.

He lodged his most recent objection against plans produced by Intel on September 23 for a site systems facilitation application at Leixlip.

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In a hand-written objection lodged on October 22, Mr Reid claims the new application is contrary to the proper planning and development of the area.

The site systems application is the eighth Intel Leixlip application Mr Reid has objected to since 2012, with six previous Intel applications brought before An Bord Pleanála by Mr Reid.

Yesterday, the appeals board gave the go-ahead to the $4bn 'Fab' plan after concluding that the proposal accords with national, regional and local planning policy and would not be injurious to amenities of the area or property in the vicinity.

A spokeswoman for Intel stated that the company welcomed the board's decision.

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