The proposed €200 million Center Parcs development in Ballymahon that will create 1,000 permanent jobs and 750 construction phase jobs will revitalise the local economy and is a massive vote of confidence in Longford, according to Deputy James Bannon.
Fine Gael TD Bannon commented, “This hugely significant development will provide a shot in the arm to the county of Longford and indeed the wider region. This is one of the largest infrastructure projects to take place in Ireland in recent years and involves an investment in the region of €200 million.”
It is estimated that that there will be 1,000 sustainable long term jobs created in the resort along with 750 jobs during the construction phase. Deputy Bannon added, “The jobs created by this resort will directly benefit thousands of individuals and their families in Longford and beyond.”
The resort will create a great deal of opportunity for a whole host of local businesses and Deputy Bannon said it’s expected that it will deliver an annual benefit of €32 million to the local economy.
He concluded, “It is hugely exciting that people from all over the island of Ireland, and indeed beyond, will be coming to Longford to relax and enjoy themselves. Key to Center Parcs decision to locate in Ballymahon was the excellent strategic location that Longford enjoys in the heart of Ireland. This is a massive vote of confidence in Longford and the midlands region.
“This project will not only benefit the Longford or Westmeath local economies, but the entire midlands region. Centre Parcs boasts a 95% occupancy on a year round basis, so this is a sustainable project that won’t be affected by seasonal tourism.”