Two Mexican-based companies have expressed an interest in setting up in Longford, the Chief Executive Officer of Longford County Council, Tim Caffrey, told a meeting last week .
Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting of Longford County Council, Mr Caffrey said the approach had been made after a number of councillors and local authority officials flew out to the county town’s newly-twinned destination of Huixquilucan.
As a result, nine officials from the Mexican municipality are visiting Longford early next week.
“It just goes to show you the importance of this Twinning [agreement],” he said.
“Last Friday I got an email from a businessperson telling me that two companies, a technology and a construction company are interested in investing in Longford.
“I am aware also of contact with another company.”
One of the councillors who formed part of the delegation to Mexico, Cllr Martin Mulleady (FF), said the news proved naysayers wrong.
“There was a lot of negativity about our trip as to why we were there but I think that letter back has blown all of that negativity out of the water,” he said.
Fine Gael’s Cllr Peggy Nolan said the controversy over the council trip in May had been blown out of proportion.
For more on this story, see this week’s Longford Leader.