Nearly 300 ha of IDA land lying idle in Cork – O’Sullivan
- Just 10 IDA site visits to Cork in Q1 2018 -
Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate for Cork East, Cllr. Padraig O’Sullivan has said that it’s unacceptable that so much IDA land in East Cork is being left idle.
Cllr. O’Sullivan was commenting after his party received updated figures from the Department showing that there are nearly 300 hectares of land owned by the IDA vacant in County Cork.
“Carrightwohill East and Ringsakiddy are two fabulous IDA sites that are perfect for inward investment.
“We have also found out that yet again that a majority of IDA site visits in the first quarter of 2018 were made to counties in the Greater Dublin Area.
“Out of a total of 135 site visits so far this year, 69 were to Dublin with another five in Kildare and Meath with just 10 going to County Cork.
“On the one hand we have copious amounts of IDA land available for site visits outside of the GDA yet little or no IDA site visits.
“86% of the total available land with just 46% of the total number of site visits. Looking at Cork in particular, where there is 26% of the State’s available IDA lands, there were just 10 site visits or just 7% of the total made in Quarter 1.
“How does the IDA expect to entice foreign investors to set up on these vacant lands in County Cork when they don’t bring them to visit them?
“To my mind, the IDA and the Government are failing these counties and are further exacerbating the regional imbalance between the Greater Dublin Area and the rest of the country.
“A two-tier recovery has taken hold in regional and rural Ireland. The full benefits of a growing economy have yet to be felt in small towns outside of the capital.
“The full resources of the State must be employed in directing and supporting both foreign and domestic investment in these regions. Anything else will condemn these communities to stagnant growth and poor job prospects,” concluded O’Sullivan.