County Leitrim CEO, Frank Curran (pictured right), has told Monday’s bi-monthly Council meeting that the IDA and Enterprise Ireland were continuing to market the Carrick-on-Shannon Bank of America site in the financial services and business process outsourcing areas.
“With the co-operation of the IDA, Avant Card have produced a brochure and web page titled ‘Carrick Business Campus’, setting out details of the offering,” he explained following queries by councillors.
“The IDA’s global teams are in Ireland this week and the Carrick-on-Shannon proposition will be clearly outlined to all representatives.”
The Cathaoirleach, Cllr Paddy O’Rourke, Chief Executive of Leitrim County Council and the Head of the Local Enterprise Office have met with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, along with the CEOs of both the IDA and Enterprise Ireland in order to advance the case for a replacement investor.
“The Cathaoirleach, (myself) and the Head of the Local Enterprise Office have also met the Minister of State, Simon Harris TD, who has special responsibility for Financial Services and the International Financial Services Centre,” noted the Co Leitrim CEO.
“On that occasion the opportunity also arose to raise the issue with Minister Howlin and Minister for State for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD.
According to Mr Curran, the Local Enterprise Office has recently supported a new small financial services sector enterprise that, he noted, chose Carrick-on-Shannon as a set-up location because of the pool of suitable staff available following the Bank of America closure.
“It is hoped that this will be successful and lead to additional job creation,” he noted.
At its peak MBNA/Bank of America employed nearly 1,100 staff in Ireland with the vast majority working out of its Co Leitrim base.