Ian Guider: State should follow Intel example and invest properly in the future

Right now, the state can fund itself at very low cost. That won’t last for ever, and we must take advantage of it while we can

The Intel site at Leixlip in Co Kildare: its new extension is the size of four football pitches

If you want to get a sense of the scale of Intel’s $7 billion investment in its new chip fabrication plant at its base in Leixlip in Kildare, it is worth looking at the aerial photo of the site tweeted out by its general manager Eamonn Sinnott last week. The extension is truly enormous, the size of four football pitches. Thousands of workers were involved in its construction alone, on top of the 1,600 ...