Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (297)

Noel Grealish


297. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the length of time the IDA site in Glenamaddy, County Galway has been vacant; the efforts being made to market it as a potential site of employment; the type of industries that might be best suited to locate there; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5037/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Business)

IDA Ireland currently has a site of 0.9 hectares in Glenamaddy that is being actively marketed to its clients through its network of offices in Ireland and overseas. This is the remaining portion of land available following the sale of property there to a company in 1997.

Overseas firms continue to perform well in Galway. There are 81 IDA client companies in the County employing approximately 20,000 people, representing an increase of almost 8% over last year. Since 2012, Galway has maintained a strong reputation as a successful home to firms from the MedTech, Pharmaceuticals and E-Commerce sectors. Companies like Boston Scientific, Medtronic and Shopify are all located there and continue to perform well.

County Galway has also had a number of prominent announcements by IDA client companies in the last 12 months. Last November, for example, Genesys announced the creation of 200 new technology jobs over the next three years. In September 2018, SOTI announced the creation of 150 jobs over the next three years as part of its phase one expansion into Ireland.

The IDA and its staff are working hard to secure further such investments for Galway. With that goal in mind, they will continue to showcase sites like that in Glenamaddy to potential investors.

While progress has been made in helping to generating new investment in County Galway, the Government remains determined to attract more FDI to the County and the broader West region. The work of the IDA is obviously key in that respect and the Agency's staff will continue engaging with its clients, as well as the other enterprise agencies, to help create more jobs and economic opportunities.