The IDA has been told it must focus on new investment in Donegal to help the county deal with the impact of the UK decision to leave the European Union.
Donegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn challenged the IDA at the Oireachtas Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Committee to focus on new investment for the county.
The committee was dealing with the impact of the UK decision to leave the EU on businesses and job creation across the island.
Senator Mac Lochlainn said he had challenged the IDA “to up its game on bringing new investment and jobs to Donegal”.
“I was surprised and alarmed at the rosy picture provided to the committee of the IDA's results in spreading inward investment and jobs throughout the state and particularly into Donegal and other border counties,” he said.
“The IDA repeatedly refers to jobs growth at existing companies they support in the county, and that is indeed welcome but we are asking where are the new companies and inward investment for the county?
"Few counties in this state will be as impacted by Brexit as Donegal. From fisheries to tourism and from agri-food to engineering, there is a real threat to our local economy. To fix a problem, you first have to accept that there is one. It is clear to me that the IDA do not accept that in terms of site visits by potential investors and the locating of new companies supported by the IDA in our county, the last numbers of years have been very disappointing.”
He called on the IDA to work closer with Enterprise Ireland, Udarás, LYIT, Donegal County Council and the Donegal Local Enterprise Office.
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