ANY hopes that health insurance company Aetna would donate its Castleisland site to the IDA have been dashed this week after the site was put on the market.
There were hopes last November that the building where the call centre operated may have been donated to the State as a goodwill gesture by the company — which out-sourced its international service operations to the Far East the previous April with the loss of all 101 jobs.
However, these hopes were dashed this week when the 15,500 sq ft property was put up for sale with a price tag of €625,000.
The property, being sold by joint selling agents Tom Spillane and Jones Land Le Salle, is being advertised as ' a unique opportunity to acquire a substantial call centre facility.' The premises, which has been recently refurbished, is located on a prominent corner site of 2.4 acres on the Tralee Road.
Back in November, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Richard Bruton insisted that his department was working with the IDA to attract new investment to the Aetna site in Castleisland. He added at the time that Aetna had not expressly decided to give the facility to a statutory body or local authority, but that it was 'still evaluating options.'