Limerick vies with Dundalk for 1,000 jobs boost

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

DUNDALK has emerged as the major opposition to Limerick’s chances of securing an investment which would create up to 1,000 jobs.

DUNDALK has emerged as the major opposition to Limerick’s chances of securing an investment which would create up to 1,000 jobs.

As reported by the Limerick Leader last month, an unnamed American computer company is seeking to open a 1,000-seater call centre in an Irish location outside Dublin.

The firm is looking for 9,290 square metres, with the former Dell manufacturing facility in Raheen mooted as a location, due to the fact it once housed 1,900 workers.

But there is understood to be major opposition from Dundalk, with reports suggesting its close proximity to Dublin, and closeness to the Northern Ireland border, could win the vital jobs boost.

Dundalk TD Fergus O’Dowd has met with the IDA in order to get the agency to redouble its efforts in Louth.

Now, there have been calls for Shannon Development, and local government politicians to leave no stone unturned in securing the investment for Limerick - which still has 21,000 people out of work.

Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan said she is going to do “everything” she can to bring the firm to Limerick, while Mayor Jim Long said his office is “always open” to potential investors. Meanwhile, Limerick Chamber president Kieran MacSweeney said that it is in the interests of “balanced regional development” for an investment to come to the county.

Almost 300 IDA-backed jobs have been confirmed for Limerick this year, after the area was made a priority region for investment.

But the creation of 1,000 jobs would be the biggest salvo yet.