21 May 2013

Fitzgerald Welcomes Proposed €13.4mil Investment by Microsoft in Grangecastle

Local Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed news that Microsoft look set to purchase lands at Grangecastle for the development of further datacentres on a 112.5 acre site. In a report, due to come before Councillors at next week’s Council Meeting, the County Manager recommends the disposal of a 112.52 acre Council-owned site at Grangecastle to Microsoft in what would be an estimated €13.4million deal.

“It looks likely that South Dublin County Council will next week approve the disposal of 112.5acres of land at Grange Castle, to Microsoft for the development of further data centres. This investment comes only two months after Microsoft announced plans to develop datacentres on a 3 hectare site in the expanding business park,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

“In what is estimated to be a €13.4 million deal with the Council, if approved, this will be yet another important investment and jobs boost for the Lucan and Clondalkin area. The Government’s Action Plan for jobs names attracting data centres as a key pillar of for economic growth and I am delighted that Grangecastle has been the beneficiary of a number of data centres. Microsoft are a leader in this growing industry and it is a vote of confidence for our local economy and our skilled workforce, that they have selected their site Grangecastle for such massive-scaled expansion and investment,” concluded Fitzgerald.