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Intel Celebrates 20 Years in Ireland

An Taoiseach Brian Cowen pictured with Jim OHara, Intel Ireland General Manager and Vice President Technology Manufacturing Group, Intel Corp. celebrate at the 20th Anniversary of Intel in Ireland
An Taoiseach Brian Cowen pictured with Jim OHara,
Intel Ireland General Manager and Vice President Technology Manufacturing Group,
Intel Corp.celebrate at the 20th Anniversary of Intel in Ireland

Today (Friday, November 27th) marked a special a day for Intel as they celebrated the 20th Anniversary of operations in Ireland. A number of external guests joined with Intel Ireland employees today at the Leixlip campus to commemorate this significant day and reflect upon the milestones and memories of the past 2 decades.

Intel located its technology campus in Ireland in 1989 and the production of motherboards and systems began the following year. Since then, over €6.0 billion has been invested in the 360 acre former stud farm, turning it into the most technologically advanced industrial location in Europe. Intel Ireland, which employs over 4,000 people, now boasts high tech manufacturing facilities as well as key business groups such as Digital Health, Intel Labs Europe, the Technology and Manufacturing Research Europe team and our Embedded Communications site in Shannon.

The celebratory event was attended by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen who said,“I would like to acknowledge and congratulate the wonderful achievements of Intel throughout its 20 year history in Ireland. Building on one of the nations greatest resources – our intellectual capital, Intel Ireland has consistently surpassed expectations and gone beyond its core mandate. The employees at Intel Ireland are a great example of what can be achieved when the Irish put their minds to it”.

Also speaking at the event was Jim OHara, Intel Ireland General Manager and Vice President, Technology Manufacturing Group, Intel Corp.,“I want to thank each and every one of our employees – they have been absolutely magnificent over the past 20 years. I am hugely proud of what Intel Ireland has achieved since we came here in 1989 and the contributions we have made to Intel Corporation and to the country. I would also like to recognise the contribution and support of the Irish government towards the success of Intel in Ireland and of course the continued strong support from the communities’ local to Intel – this anniversary truly is a shared success story”.

The event was attended by a number of special guests who have been a part of Intel Ireland’s remarkable journey. One of the guests attending the event was the then Minister for Industry and Commerce, Mr. Desmond O’Malley who recalled,“The Intel investment was of tremendous economic and technological significance. Ultimately it became the largest single industrial investment in Ireland with a total investment of well over €6bn. I don’t think any other industrial investment had even approached that. When I made the announcement of the investment in 1989 I gave some projections of likely employment over the next five to ten years. I am glad to say that these were more than doubled, as was the investment. It doesn’t always happen but I am delighted to say in Intel’s case it certainly did. This underlines the value of Intel to this country”.

Ireland is Intel’s manufacturing and technology centre for Europe and the campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare is one of Intel’s largest manufacturing sites, with over 4,000 employees and €6.0 billion Euro invested in turning the site into the most technologically advanced industrial campus in Ireland.

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