Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (430)

Tom Fleming


430. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the cooperation his Department is providing to Killarney Town Council to develop and attract jobs to the Pretty Polly industrial complex which formerly, in its peak, employed up to 1,000 workers; the possibilities there are to subdivide this vast area of plant space and locate suitable work units for investors; when he envisages that this will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32161/13]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

I am informed by IDA Ireland that the former Pretty Polly building in Ballyspillane was purchased by Killarney County Council from the Pretty Polly Trustees. The building, which is c. 25,000 sq² in size, was let for a short while to an indigenous company Beocare who left the premises in 2009. The building has been vacant since.

IDA has indicated that the premises was formally a manufacturing facility and the options for the building in its present format are limited. The Agency understands that Killarney Town Council is assessing what options may be available for the building and, to this end, has commissioned Exodea Consulting to undertake a report on the development of the site and the potential uses for the building. This report has not yet been published

IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland have confirmed that, as soon as the consultant’s report is published, they would be available to provide any assistance and/or direction to Killarney Town Council regarding the potential uses for the building in the light of the report.