Tuesday 12 December 2017

Long battle to boost numbers

September 2009 -- The IDA first raises its understaffing crisis with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, then headed by Tanaiste Mary Coughlan. May 2010 -- IDA chairman Liam O'Mahony writes to Ms Coughlan's successor Batt O'Keeffe on behalf of the IDA board to complain of "many months of frustration" at talks on the issue.

He says the agency expected a decision between the department and the Department of Finance, but it is "back to the drawing board".

"Minister, on behalf of the IDA board, I cannot overstate the gravity and urgency of this situation," Mr O'mahony said.

  • June 2010 -- Mr O'Keeffe writes to Mr O'Mahony to assure him that "this matter is being pursued as a matter of the utmost urgency".
  • August 2010 -- There is still no agreement on staffing levels.

mr O'Keeffe, speaking on RTE radio last Sunday, says he will tell the IDA how it will meet its manpower needs this week and it will be "quite happy".

  • September 2010 -- The minister's spokesperson says the issue is not yet resolved but will be dealt with "asap".

Irish Independent

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