IDA ‘not looking’ to bring new jobs to Leitrim

A SENIOR manager with Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland, has acknowledged they have no plans to bring any jobs into the county in the near future despite the fact that a number of IDA premises remain empty in Carrick-on-Shannon, Drumshanbo, Mohill and Rooskey.

A SENIOR manager with Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland, has acknowledged they have no plans to bring any jobs into the county in the near future despite the fact that a number of IDA premises remain empty in Carrick-on-Shannon, Drumshanbo, Mohill and Rooskey.

Chairperson of the Co Leitrim Development Board, Cllr Gordon Hughes said that he was “outraged” to hear that Co Leitrim is being bypassed in favour of ‘Gateway’ centres like Sligo and said he will be bringing the matter up with the relevant Minister following the formation of the new Government.

“At Monday’s meeting of the County Development Board I asked the Border Regional Manger with the IDA, Joe McHugh, what the IDA were doing to bring jobs into the county and he told me that the best that Co Leitrim could do was to lobby to bring jobs into Sligo because the IDA had no plans to bring any companies into Co Leitrim,” said Cllr Hughes.

“We have the buildings in place and with improvements to our road networks we are less than two hours from Dublin. We have airport connections at Knock as well so I cannot believe that the IDA is just bypassing Co Leitrim. Surely there is no reason why businesses couldn’t locate as easily in places like Carrick-on-Shannon as they can in Sligo?”

See this week’s Leitrim Observer for the full story.