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Not one IDA-sponsored site visit in Wicklow throughout 2021 and early 2022

Wicklow has seen just ten IDA site visits since 2017

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IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan.

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan.

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan.

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There were no IDA-sponsored site visits by potential investors in Wicklow during 2021.

Data released by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment shows that no site visits took place in Wicklow in 2021 and the first three months of 2022.

There have been just ten IDA visits to Wicklow since 2017, hitting a peak of six visits in 2019.

Two site visits were recorded in 2017, with one site visit listed for both 2018 and 2020 respectively.

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IDA site visits can be an important tool to showcase a region to potential investors. The state investment agency has several sites in the Garden County.

Responding to a written parliamentary question by Wicklow Sinn Fein TD John Brady, Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar said the IDA continues to engage with potential investors using virtual and physical site visits.

The Tanaiste said site visits have been curtailed due to restrictions on international travel over the last two years.

Wicklow, Louth, Meath and Kildare make up IDA’s Mid-East Region, which contains 103 IDA client companies directly employing 18,894 people in areas including life sciences, financial services and film.

The Tanaiste said mid-east counties also benefit from the direct and indirect employment generated by IDA client companies based in Dublin.


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