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Tuesday, 16th February 2021

Process for IDA advance factory in Drogheda begins

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The IDA industrial park at the Donore Road is just across the county boaundary in County Meath.

The CEO of the IDA, Martin Shanahan, has confirmed to Fine Gael Deputy Fergus O’Dowd that the process leading to the construction of an advanced factory, or what is referred to these days as an “Advanced Building Solution”, in Drogheda has commenced.

No specific site for the proposed development has been mentioned but the current IDA site on the Donore Road is fully occupied by the Amazon data centre which is currently in the construction phase.

The new proposal from IDA can only strengthen the case for the Port Access Northern Cross Route on which a decision has yet to be announced.

Mr. Shanahan told Deputy O’Dowd that "the building planned for Drogheda will be marketed to clients across the Financial Services, Technology, Global Services and Life Sciences sectors.”

O’Dowd said: “Over the last number of years I, along with a number of key stakeholders including the Drogheda Chamber and LOVE Drogheda representatives, have held a number of productive meetings with the IDA to ensure that Drogheda is front and fore of any future planning policy.

“I was delighted to see Drogheda designated for an Advanced Building Solution in their recent published Strategy, “Driving Recovery and Sustainable Growth 2021 – 2024”.

“Separately, Amazon’s decision to locate their data centre in the town has created a wave of positive energy in the Fintech sector and has put Drogheda on the international map as many high tech companies actively pursue locations in close proximity to data centres.

“This is further evidence that Drogheda is finally being recognised in national policy following its designation as centre for population and jobs growth in the National Development Plan 2040.”

This article was written by Andy Spearman

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