Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Ceisteanna (214)

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

214. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of visits since 2011 sponsored by IDA Ireland to Dublin that also visited Cork and to Cork that also visited Dublin, in the context of the agency’s Horizon 2020 strategy; and if the target of 50% of investments to be located outside Dublin and Cork will be reached. [19705/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

IDA Ireland's primary regional development goal, as set out in its current strategy 'Winning: Foreign Direct Investment 2015-2019', is to increase investment by 30% to 40% in every region of Ireland. Real progress has been made towards that target over the first three years of this strategy with half of all jobs created by IDA client companies since 2015 located outside Dublin.

IDA Ireland collates data on the number of site visits to individual counties only.  It does not, on account of client confidentiality and commercial sensitivity, release details of the specific itineraries of potential investors. Information on whether visits included both Cork and Dublin elements is therefore not available.  I set out in the table, however, details of the annual number of site visits to Dublin and Cork from 2011 to Q1 2018.

Site visits to Dublin and Cork 2011 to Q1 2018  

Year

Dublin

Cork

2011

150

27

2012

196

38

2013

180

31

2014

205

30

2015

242

48

2016

284

49

2017

327

51

Q1 2018

69

10

Question No. 215 answered with Question No. 211.