Disappointment at 2013 county IDA
figures

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Co Leitrim was one of nine countries which have only attracted one IDA sponsored visit by potential overseas investors in the first eight months of 2013.

Co Leitrim was one of nine countries which have only attracted one IDA sponsored visit by potential overseas investors in the first eight months of 2013.

Although the rate of sponsored visits nationally was up on figures for 2012, the number of visits to Co Leitrim remained very disappointing.

While the county fared better than near neighbours Co Longford, which recorded no investment visits in either 2012 of 2013, local representatives say that the IDA is still failing to bring potential investors outside of the major urban areas.

The figures for 2013 would seem to support this will Dublin accounting for 55% (152) of investor visits followed by Cork (28 visits) and Limerick (20 visits).

Galway and Waterford also remained popular with potential investors but the vast majority of the Border and Western counties were ignored.

Local councillor Caillian Ellis said that he was “extremely disappointed” by the figures for Co Leitrim.

“We have argued time and time again for greater investment in our county but the IDA don’t seem to want to listen to us,” he said.

“We have an excellent road and rail infrastructure and we’re less than two hours from Dublin. There are no excuses for not bringing potential investors to Co Leitrim. Jobs shouldn’t just go to the East and South.”