IDA work in north west
criticised

A call have been made for a report into the lack of investment by the IDA in the north west.

A call have been made for a report into the lack of investment by the IDA in the north west.

Fianna Fáil Donegal North East TD Charlie McConalogue repeated his call for a report after the IDA published figures showing a net increase of 6,570 jobs created in IDA supported companies last year.

Figures released previously showed that there were just five IDA sponsored site visits to Donegal in 2012 and the first eight months of 2013 and just one to Leitrim.

Deputy McConalogue said that while Dublin and other urban bases are benefiting, the North West region in particular continues to be ignored.

“This report shows the success of the IDA when it focuses on investment in a certain area,” he said.

“The IDA must be commended for supporting the creation of thousands of jobs last year, building on the years of work and investment in growing Ireland’s reputation as a hub for the high tech and pharmaceutical sectors in particular. The problem is, that it is the same areas that continue to benefit again and again, while Co Donegal and the entire North West seem to be ignored. I first raised concerns about the deep inequalities in the IDAs work with the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and IDA management a year ago. Last January, I called for a report into the lack of IDA focus on the North West region.”

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