Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty has, today (Monday), welcomed Facebook's announcement that it has officially made an application for planning permission to Meath County Council to establish a data centre in Clonee, Co Meath.
Deputy Doherty said “I am absolutely over the moon with the news. This is the second good news story for investment and employment for Meath in the last two weeks”, referring to the sale of Slane Castle Irish Whiskey, which will see a €44 million investment into the industry in Slane.
“Our construction industry in Meath will reap the benefits of hundreds of construction contracts, not to mention the several dozen permanent operational positions once construction has completed. The news brings with it a sigh of relief for many, particularly our young professionals and graduates who are on the hunt for work in Meath. I am confident that today’s announcement will scoop up our local talent from the length and breadth of County Meath.
“It just goes to show that Meath is a great place in which to do business. Clonee, a 30 minute drive to Dublin City Centre and 15 minutes to Dublin Airport, this is certainly a smart move for Facebook.
“I have to hand it to Meath County Council and the Meath Economic Development Strategy for all of their hard work on this project so far, which has been in the pipeline for some time now."
Doherty, pictured above at the launch of the Meath Economic Development Strategy, concluded “the announcement today is testament to the continued hard work and planning of the recently launched Meath Economic Development Strategy. We must continue to pull together if we are to achieve our goal of bringing several thousand jobs back to Meath. Facebook’s planned establishment in County Meath is just a taste of what we can achieve.”