Foreign Direct Investment visits looking outside of Dublin more
New figures show that the domination by Dublin of IDA-sponsored Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) visits is on the decline this year.
According to figures provided by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys to Imelda Munster TD (SF), the number of IDA site visits to Dublin between January and June totalled 146 - or 39pc of the 607 total.
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Of the 607 FDI site visits in 2018, Dublin accounted for 44pc.
The IDA is on course to top last year's visit total. Between January and the end of June, 372 FDI visits took place and if that rate can be maintained for the second half of the year, the IDA is on course to record 744 FDI visits.
A number of counties, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon have recorded one FDI visit each and Wexford, Monaghan, Mayo, Meath, Offaly, Kerry and Donegal have each had two.
An IDA spokeswoman said: "Site visits are not indicative of IDA's efforts to market a region to overseas investors or indeed of IDA's activities in a region, which includes working with the existing base of companies to sustain and increase their levels of investment."
She added: "Dublin has continued to absorb a significant amount of FDI. It is the country's leading city of international scale and remains an attractive place for investors to locate.
"In order for the rest of the country to thrive, we must continue to invest in making Dublin a great place to live and work."