Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Questions (35)

Pa Daly

Question:

35. Deputy Pa Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of IDA Ireland site visits by county in each of the years 2016 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37154/20]

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Written answers (Question to Enterprise)

When it comes to foreign direct investment (FDI), site visits represent a valuable tool through which investors can be encouraged to invest in regional areas. However, site visit activity does not necessarily reflect investment potential, as a significant percentage of all new FDI comes from existing IDA client companies.

COVID-19 has presented undeniable challenges to our ongoing efforts to sustain and grow foreign direct investment (FDI) in Ireland. The introduction of travel restrictions around the world is already disrupting the typical way in which the IDA engages with investors, resulting in fewer numbers of site visits and client meetings. The pandemic has also impacted investor confidence and has likely caused some investment decisions to be delayed or postponed.

As an alternative to site visits, the IDA has migrated many of its business development and client engagement activities to digital platforms. The Agency has developed new digital content and has also put in place an E-Site Visit experience for potential investors.

The following table details the number of IDA site visits per county in each of the years 2016 to 2019, and to date in 2020. The 2020 figures capture the total visits per County taking place with potential new investors. The IDA has hosted 131 In-Person visits and 101 E-Visits to the end of Q3.

County

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020 to date

Carlow

9

8

7

9

2

Cavan  

2

2

2

7

1

Clare

18

22

13

28

15

Cork  

49

51

61

68

22

Donegal  

7

2

8

12

1

Dublin

284

327

269

284

86

Galway  

42

62

54

46

16

Kerry

3

9

10

5

1

Kildare

8

10

8

14

7

Kilkenny

10

6

5

13

6

Laois

6

4

10

5

1

Leitrim  

8

5

6

2

1

Limerick

49

42

35

57

18

Longford

6

7

5

3

0

Louth  

24

22

20

40

11

Mayo  

5

7

10

3

1

Meath  

8

3

6

4

2

Monaghan  

2

1

3

4

1

Offaly

4

5

5

5

1

Roscommon

1

3

3

3

0

Sligo  

20

18

15

29

5

Tipperary

8

8

5

7

8

Waterford

17

11

21

18

9

Westmeath  

36

42

22

22

11

Wexford

7

3

3

6

4

Wicklow

5

2

1

6

2

Total

638

682

607

700

232