Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (127)

Jack Wall

Question:

127. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of investors and their itineraries that have visited Kildare South constituency in each of the past five years; the results of each visit; the areas visited; the concept of each visit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35628/13]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

I am informed by IDA Ireland that in the period 2009 to date in 2013 there have been 7 IDA sponsored site visits by potential investors to County Kildare. Details of the number of site visits in each of those years are set out in the attached tabular statement. Site visits are tracked on a county basis only.

Consequent upon these visits, some further due diligence is on-going by some of the companies, while others have chosen other locations for their investments, both nationally and internationally. Some announcements for the region are pending.

County Kildare forms part of IDA’s East Region along with Counties Dublin, Wicklow and Meath. The county has an enviable reputation as a location with a strong track record for attracting leading, world class manufacturing companies such as Intel, Pfizer, Braun, Hewlett Packard and Proctor & Gamble. At present there are 26 IDA supported companies in County Kildare employing over 10,000 people in full and part-time employment.

Table showing the number of IDA sponsored site visits to County Kildare over the period 2009 to date in 2013

Year

2009

2010

2011

2012

To date  2013

Kildare

1

2

3

1

0