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Friday 20 September 2019

Rise in number of visits to IDA's sites in Wicklow

Eimear Dodd

There have been five IDA site visits in Wicklow in the first six months of 2019, compared with one visit for the whole of 2018.

The figures also show that four of the site visits to the Garden County took place in the first three months of the year, with one visit taking place during the April to June period.

Wicklow had a total of five site visits in 2016 but this fell to two in 2017. It's not clear which IDA sites in the Garden County were visited.

In a Parliamentary Question, Sligo-Leitrim TD Eamon Scanlon (FF) asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys about the number of IDA site visits that have taken place in each county to date since 2016.

In a written response, Minister Humphreys said: 'Whilst site visits remain an important tool in helping showcase regional locations to investors, it is important to remember - as I have made clear before - that the final decision as to where to invest rests solely with the company concerned. It is also the case that site visit activity does not necessarily reflect investment potential, as a significant proportion of all new foreign direct investment comes from existing IDA clients already present in the country.'

The Minister continued by saying that regional job creation remains a 'priority for both the IDA and my Department as we seek to build on the progress made over the last number of years.'

Neighbouring Wexford has had a total of two site visits so far in 2019, having received three visits last year. Meanwhile, Dublin IDA sites have had 149 visits in the first six months of the year.

The IDA has a number of sites in Co Wicklow, including the Arklow Business and Technology Park and a site in Greystones.

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