Local Fianna Fáil Deputy, Robert Troy TD said this week that Longford “got left behind” in the development of IDA industry. Speaking to the media, deputy Troy said that it was “extremely frustrating” to see certain counties, specifically Longford, left behind this year by the IDA as it pushes for new investment into the country. “There were over 5,000 people signing on the Live Register in Longford last month and we need every effort made to secure new employment,” he said. “The most significant factors in solving the jobs crisis will be consumer confidence and growth in small businesses, but we must ensure that there is a balance struck in relation to foreign direct investment.”
The Fianna Fáil public representative went on to say that it appeared that the midlands was a “low priority” with the IDA, when dishing out investment and he highlighted the importance of “balanced regional development”.
“There is clearly a bias in favour of Dublin and this has to be addressed,” Deputy Troy added. “Minister Bruton confirmed that 85 of the 162 (52 percent) foreign investor visits to Ireland in the first five months of 2012 were to Dublin. As well as Longford, the following counties have also received no visits by potential foreign investors: Donegal, Leitrim, Roscommon, Monaghan, Kildare, Meath, Carlow, Laois, Wexford, Kerry and Tipperary. The Government needs to redouble its efforts to ensure that there is a better regional spread and that potential investors are given a range of location options.”