Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1014)

Eamon Scanlon

Question:

1014. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of IDA site visits that have taken place in each county to date over the past three years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33425/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The table below details the number of IDA site visits per county from 2016 until the second quarter of 2019.

Whilst site visits remain an important tool in helping showcase regional locations to investors, it is important to remember - as I have made clear before - that the final decision as to where to invest rests solely with the company concerned. It is also the case that site visit activity does not necessarily reflect investment potential, as a significant proportion of all new foreign direct investment comes from existing IDA clients already present in the country.

Creating more jobs in the regions is a priority for both the IDA and my Department as we seek to build on the progress made over the last number of years. Since the IDA Ireland’s ‘Winning’ Strategy was launched in 2015, 455 investments have been won for the regions with almost 27,000 net new jobs created in locations outside Dublin. We are focused on increasing those numbers further in the time ahead.

Table - IDA Site Visits by County, 2016-2019

County

2016

2017

2018

Q1 2019

Q2 2019

Carlow

9

8

7

3

3

Cavan

2

2

2

1

3

Clare

18

22

13

5

12

Cork

49

51

61

17

23

Donegal

7

2

8

1

1

Dublin

284

327

269

56

90

Galway

42

62

54

9

17

Kerry

3

9

10

0

2

Kildare

8

10

8

3

1

Kilkenny

10

6

5

5

2

Laois

6

4

10

2

1

Leitrim

8

5

6

0

1

Limerick

49

42

35

12

22

Longford

6

7

5

0

1

Louth

24

22

20

10

9

Mayo

5

7

10

2

0

Meath

8

3

6

1

1

Monaghan

2

1

3

1

1

Offaly

4

5

5

1

1

Roscommon

1

3

3

0

1

Sligo

20

18

15

8

9

Tipperary

8

8

5

3

2

Waterford

17

11

21

8

3

Westmeath

36

42

22

6

5

Wexford

7

3

3

1

1

Wicklow

5

2

1

4

1

Total

638

682

607

159

213