Written Answers - Industrial Development

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 734 No. 4

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  119.  Deputy Brendan Ryan  Information on Brendan Ryan  Zoom on Brendan Ryan   asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   the number of times Balbriggan, County Dublin, has been shown to potential foreign direct investment clients in each of the past four years from 2007 to 2010, and to date in 2011. [14676/11]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  Balbriggan is located in County Dublin and the data available on site visits is tracked on a county basis. The number of site visits to County Dublin from 2007 to date in 2011 is set out below:

Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 to date
Site visits 91 92 90 129 57

Balbriggan, in Fingal, North County Dublin forms part of IDA Ireland’s East Region, which comprises Dublin City and County as well as the counties of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow, and is the largest region in Ireland and one of the fastest growing economic zones in Western Europe. The East Region is now home to 60,935 FDI jobs.

IDA Ireland promotes Fingal for foreign direct investment as part of the East Region. In addition the Agency continues to work with significant client companies in the Balbriggan area, in order to support them in transforming their Irish operations to ensure jobs can be maintained and losses minimised.

The Fingal area is well equipped to compete with other areas for potential foreign direct investment with high quality property solutions. IDA Ireland promotes all land and property solutions in the Fingal area, irrespective of ownership to potential FDI clients as opportunities arise. In addition the Agency is represented on the Fingal Development Board and the Fingal Economic Forum and works to promote Fingal for Foreign Direct Investment in partnership with those agencies.

In selecting locations to show companies, IDA Ireland seeks to include locations which have been affected by closures/job losses. Typically, a company is shown three or four selected towns, which can meet its requirements for skills, labour, site and/or buildings, infrastructure, etc. While IDA Ireland seeks to influence the selection of location, the final decision on location is taken in all cases by the promoting company.

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