100 jobs are in the pipeline for Monasterevin after Kildare County Council gave the go-ahead for Ireland's first motorway service station on the N7.

The development, which includes a hotel, truck stop and food outlets, will be styled on the motorway facilities in Europe and will provide 100 jobs when completed and a further 100 jobs during construction.

It is the first major employment in the area for 50 years.

Councillors in Kildare were unanimous in their vote for rezoning which went to material contraventions; no objections were lodged.

Local people expressed their delight and the chairman of the Community Development Association, Matt Lonergan, said this is an important step for south Kildare.