Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ceisteanna (201)

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

201. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of IDA site visits by county in quarter 1, 2 and 3 of 2018, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44484/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

IDA Ireland continues to highlight the benefits of expanding or locating in all counties of Ireland to its client base. It is important to remember, however, that the final decision as to where to invest always rests with the company concerned. It is also the case that site visit activity does not necessarily reflect investment potential, as almost 70% of all new foreign direct investment comes from existing IDA client companies.

Site visits nevertheless do represent an important tool through which investors can be encouraged to invest in regional areas and the IDA always does its utmost to ensure that investors consider all potential locations when visiting Ireland.

The table below sets out the number of IDA Ireland site visits to each county in Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 of 2018. Figures for Quarter 3 of this year will be compiled by the end of October.

County

Q1 2018

Q2 2018

Dublin

69

72

Kildare

4

0

Meath 

1

3

Wicklow

0

1

Laois

4

2

Longford

0

0

Offaly

0

1

Westmeath 

3

9

Clare

4

3

Limerick

8

7

Tipperary

1

1

Cavan 

0

1

Louth 

6

6

Monaghan 

0

1

Donegal 

0

3

Leitrim 

2

3

Sligo 

5

3

Carlow

1

2

Kilkenny

0

2

Waterford

5

9

Wexford

0

1

Cork 

10

14

Kerry

0

5

Galway 

10

20

Mayo 

2

2

Roscommon

0

1

Total

135

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