Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1022)

Brendan Griffin


1022. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if progress has been made by her Department and the IDA to find a tenant for a factory (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33815/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The property in question is not owned by IDA Ireland. The Agency did, however, help arrange a viewing of it with a target company last December. The IDA is continuing to actively market the property to prospective clients through its network of offices in Ireland and overseas.

More broadly, foreign direct investment levels (FDI) in Kerry are trending in the right direction. There are currently 17 IDA client companies employing approximately 2,300 people in the County. This is an increase of 2.5% compared to 2017. In the last year we've also seen a number of significant FDI job announcements in Kerry, including 100 new jobs at JRI America and 100 new roles at Central Pharma.

While progress has been made in helping to generate new economic opportunities in County Kerry, the Government remains determined to attract more FDI to the County and the wider South-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 in the time ahead.