Fianna Fáil Kerry Senator Mark Daly says he’s extremely concerned about investment opportunities in the country following the release of IDA figures, which reveal there was only one site visit organised by the agency responsible for attracting foreign direct investment in Kerry this year.
The data has found that there have only been five site visits in Kerry since 2011, compared to more than 1,300 visits nationally.
Senator Daly commented, “These figures are further proof that job creation in Kerry is slipping further down the political agenda. In 2013, there was a meagre 1 IDA sponsored site visit in the county and this year there has also been only one. Kerry is being left behind as the Government concentrates investment opportunities in Dublin, Leinster and the cities. Rural areas are being overlooked.
“Reports of a recovery are not being felt here in Kerry. People here are the victims of the Government’s flawed economic strategy, which has led to the emergence of a two tier recovery. There were over 12,000 people on the Live Register in Kerry last month but Ministers are continuing to ignore the situation here, a fact which is reflected in the low number of IDA backed site visits.
“IDA investment has the potential to rejuvenate communities and reinvigorate the local economy. Towns across Kerry have suffered disproportionately as a result of the economic downturn and need outside investment to activate and sustain a viable recovery.
“Fianna Fáil has called for a more coherent policy of balanced regional development. Since this Government took office there has been very little development in this part of the country. It cannot continue to support urban-only policies, while leaving rural Ireland languishing behind without investment. The Government must urgently reassess its strategy. It should be providing more opportunities for young people in Kerry instead of forcing them to head to the capital or further afield in order to secure a job.”