Talk builds over possible second Mexican trip

The offices of Longford County Council. Photo by: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Council staff and officials are weighing up the possibility of visiting Mexico for a second time later this year.

Council staff and officials are weighing up the possibility of visiting Mexico for a second time later this year.

It comes after a five strong delegation flew out on a trade mission in May to try and bring additional jobs and business opportunites Longford’s way.

A Mexican team of politicians and industrialists are in the county this week as part of that cross Atlantic working relationship.

Should those talks prove beneficial, it’s understood Longford representatives could form part of an Enterprise Ireland undertaking in late September or early October.

The exact number of locally based politicians intent on travelling remains unclear, although it’s believed to be fewer in number than the Council delegation that flew out in May.

Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Gerry Warnock confirmed that a second Mexican visit may be a possibility but said discussions were still at an early stage.

“It depends,” he said, when asked about his prospective attendance.

“I would have to see the itinerary first.

“If there was a realistic possibility of being able to bring jobs to the region I would go.”

Fianna Fail Cllr Seamus Butler said he too was aware of the talked about Enterprise Ireland visit, but like Cllr Warnock raised question marks about the practicalities of a second Mexican trip.

“To justify another visit, there would have to be some sort of concrete economic advantage,” he said.

One of the more upbeat soundings came from Fine Gael’s Peggy Nolan.

“I think it would be prudent if the Cathaoirleach or CEO (of the Council) be included on the next deputation to Mexico because of the contacts we (councillors) made out there (in May),” she said.

Cllr Nolan was similarly optimistic about this week’s return visit by officials and delegates from Longford’s newly twinned town of Huixquilucan.

“There are nine people on this delegation and I’m delighted to see so many have follow by agreeing to visit us.

“It underpins the value of what we are trying to achieve,” she said.