Limerick is still a priority for jobs, says IDA boss

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

ENTERPRISE Minister Richard Bruton and IDA chief executive Barry O’Leary have said Limerick remains a priority for new investment – despite the city losing out on a massive jobs boost to Dundalk.

ENTERPRISE Minister Richard Bruton and IDA chief executive Barry O’Leary have said Limerick remains a priority for new investment – despite the city losing out on a massive jobs boost to Dundalk.

There was disappointment this week, after a multi-million euro investment by internet payments giant Paypal went to Dundalk instead. The Louth border town will benefit from 1,000 IDA-backed high-tech jobs across the next five years.

And following the announcement, Limerick City TD Kieran O’Donnell sought meetings with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Mr Bruton. Mr O’Leary, meanwhile, appeared before a Dail public accounts committee this Wednesday where he was questioned by Mr O’Donnell and made the commitment.

“I met Minister Bruton, in the context of the promotion of a continued flow of IDA backed jobs for Limerick. It is a priority for him, and I will continue to work both with himself, the Taoiseach, the IDA and Shannon Development to ensure we continue to get IDA backed jobs,” said the Fine Gael TD, “I would be confident that IDA jobs would continue to come to Limerick.”

Despite this, there has been criticism of the IDA, after it emerged that Paypal executives were shown the region as well as business plans to show the possibility of moving into Dell’s old building in Raheen.

Mayor Jim Long believes that the region wasn’t represented well enough by the IDA.

He said: “My understanding is that they came here, but they met nobody, and did not see anything in great detail. Fair play to Dundalk, they obviously need the jobs as much as we do. But