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'Normal activity' resumes at Intel plant after 'credible threat'

Gardaí were called to the campus this morning and staff were evacuated.

Updated 12.37pm

INTEL HAVE CONFIRMED that gardaí received what they believed to be a “credible threat” to its plant in Leixlip this morning.

In a statement this afternoon, the firm said that the threat, made “shortly” after 6am, sparked a “coordinated response” from Intel and the gardaí, something a spokesperson described as “normal protocol”.

“A controlled evacuation of the site followed and a search was conducted by trained Intel security personnel throughout the campus with the buildings being declared safe just after 8.30am,” the statement continued.

Employees were thereafter allowed to return to work and normal activity has now resumed at the campus. Intel would like to thank the Gardaí for their support and the general public for their patience as the matter was dealt with.

Gardaí said an investigation into the events of the morning will now be launched.

Intel employs about 4,000 people at its Kildare operation

AA Roadwatch warned that traffic in the area was very heavy at the time, with no access to the facility.

Buses in the area were also diverted.

Evacuated workers gathered in nearby restaurants, while others try to make their way back home.

First published 7.33am

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