Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (387)

Dara Calleary


387. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the planning status of IDA-owned lands on the Sligo Road, Ballina, County Mayo; if it has planning permission for industrial development; the plans the IDA has for the site; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24116/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

IDA Ireland owns approximately 10.6 hectares of industrial zoned land on the Sligo Road in Quignashee, Ballina. The site has been concept master planned by the Agency in order to demonstrate its potential to investors. Planning permission was previously obtained for infrastructural development, although this has since expired. The IDA continues to market the site to existing and prospective investors that may be interested in expanding or locating in County Mayo.

More generally, foreign direct investment (FDI) in the County is continuing to grow. In 2018 there was a 7.5% increase in employment by IDA client companies with 344 net new jobs added. Work is ongoing to secure further FDI gains for Mayo in 2019.