Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has said that An Bord Pleanala’s decision to grant planning permission for Facebook is the icing on the cake for Clonee.
The Ratoath based TD said “there was great excitement during the summer when Facebook announced its intention to establish a data centre in Clonee, but today’s news that planning permission has been granted is the final hurdle which we have all been eagerly waiting to pass. “This is a major project for Facebook and it demonstrates the multinational media giant’s confidence in Meath to meet its infrastructural and staffing needs. This is obviously a significant strategic investment for Facebook but more importantly it brings with it an abundance employment opportunities for Meath people, in Meath. “It is encouraging to say the least to see our previously unemployed return to work in recent years and our graduates enter the work place for the first time since the economic downfall; but still today so many of our people must leave Meath to earn their living. This makes the recovery that little bit slower for our village and town centre local businesses. Facebook in Clonee will see Meath people working in Meath, and that in itself needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. “Over the duration of ten years Facebook will support hundreds of construction jobs and countless permanent jobs thereafter.” The Meath East TD concluded “We are very lucky in Meath with our proximity to Dublin, the airport and the motorway, not least to mention our highly experienced and qualified workforce and trades in the county. We have so much going for us here in Meath and I look forward to seeing many more ventures like this in the future.