Written Answers. - IDA Land.


asked the Minister for Industry and Energy if he will permit land which is owned by the IDA and not in use, to be utilised by local communities for sporting facilities until such time as it is needed by the IDA; and if so if some of the IDA land (90 acres) in Carrigtwohill, County Cork, will be made available to the sporting bodies in the area.

I am informed by the Industrial Development Authority that the only purpose for which they are prepared to let land not immediately required for industrial development is for grazing. Grazing rights are granted subject to the land reverting to the IDA at a month's notice and all rights of way over the land are retained by the IDA during the grazing period. It is essential that access to industrial sites be available to the IDA and potential industrialists at all times unencumbered by other interests.

In the case of Carrigtwohill approximately ten acres of the 90 acre site in the IDA's ownership is already developed. Two factories each of 40,000 sq. ft. are located on this site. One is occupied by Mod-Con and the other is being actively promoted for a suitable industrial project. During 1982, the site works including roads and water drainage at Carrigtwohill were extended in order to facilitate any new projects which might wish to locate there.