Casey lays down challenge to IDA boss

Longford County Cathaoirleach Cllr Mark Casey. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Longford could be in line for a significant IDA jobs announcement by the spring of next year.

Longford could be in line for a significant IDA jobs announcement by the spring of next year.

That’s the firm intention of Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, Cllr Mark Casey after he held talks with the state investment agency’s Chief Executive, Martin Shanahan, in recent days.

“The Co Manager (Tim Caffrey) and myself highlighted how we, as a county, have large multinational companies that have no problem in securing a skilled workforce,” he said.

“We also stressed the ready supply of land banks that are here, our infrastructure and attractive location.”

The meeting, which took place at Longford County Council headquarters, was also attended by Director of Services Frank Sheridan and IDA Midlands Regional Manager, Breda O’Toole.

Cllr Casey said he underlined the need for another large company to set up here, something he stressed to Mr Shanahan was required before the end of his chairmanship in May.

“That’s what I said and that’s what I told him I wanted to happen,” he said.

Judged on those appeals alone, it’s a request Cllr Casey plainly believes will pay off sooner rather than later.