The board of the IDA has approved a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for a 40-hectare farm next to Intel's semi-conductor plant in Co Kildare, describing the land as "of national strategic importance to ensure future investment and employment".
This is the first time since the late 1980s that the state development agency has used its CPO powers in order to acquire lands. The owner, a retired widow, did not wish to sell the farmlands, which...
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