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Friday, 31st July 2020

IDA has no plans to build advance facilities in Drogheda - Varadkar

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Labour T.D. Ged Nash (left) has been told by Tanaiste and Minister for Business; Enterprise and Innovation Leo Varadkar that the IDA has no plans to build advance facilities in Drogheda.

“Meet the new government, the same as the old government” - Nash

Local T.D. Ged Nash has been told by Tanaiste and Minister for Business; Enterprise and Innovation Leo Varadkar that the IDA has no plans to build advance facilities in Drogheda.

The Labour TD had asked Mr. Varadkar if the IDA has any plans to provide property in Drogheda for potential foreign direct investment clients or to develop a new business park and advance facilities in the town in view of the fact the remaining IDA site at the Donore Road will be occupied by a new data centre.

“Whilst there are currently no plans in place by the IDA to construct advanced facilities in Drogheda, the Agency continues to review its property and land portfolio on an ongoing basis, in line with the strong emphasis it places on FDI in regional Ireland” Varadkar said.

“In addition, the IDA continues to engage with local stakeholders in Drogheda and maintains an updated inventory of private sector greenfield sites zoned for development, available office accommodation and flexible working spaces,” He continued.

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Deputy Nash described this as “a case of ‘meet the new government - same as the old government.”

“Drogheda will never realise its full potential as a location for the quality foreign direct investment jobs we know we can attract unless government takes the bull by the horns and invests in the property solutions we need” he said.

“Leaving it to the private sector to develop advance units is a nonsense. Now that the business park on the Donore Road will be at capacity with the Amazon development, Drogheda will have no designated IDA owned space to accommodate investment.”

“The designation of Drogheda as a ‘development centre’ under the new Ireland 2040 development plan is utterly meaningless if it is not followed by State-led investment and jobs.

“I have contacted the IDA to seek a meeting with its property director to again make the case for the development of Agency-owned office space and a new business park for Drogheda, ideally based on the north side of the town in proximity to the Northern Port Access Route & M1.”

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