Meath Senator Thomas Byrne has today welcomed the news of 78 jobs at Largo Foods and Tayto Park.

“This is a very welcome investment by Mr Ray Coyle and Largo in the future of this County.  Tourism and agri-foods are our two most viable industries in Meath.  The Largo/Tayto Park operation marries these two growing sectors.  To be doing what Mr Coyle is doing in the middle of a recession is a remarkable achievement.  If we had more like Ray Coyle, our country’s problems would not be as great,” said Senator Byrne.

However, the announcement came a day after it was revealed in the Dáil that there were no site visits to County Meath by the IDA in 2012.

“This is terribly disappointing.  We have private entrepreneurs who know how to create jobs here.  We need IDA to work in tandem with that to attract foreign multi-nationals into Meath.  It’s not going to happen without IDA intervention and showing the companies what we have.  The IDA has singularly failed to do this with Meath and their attitude needs to change,” concluded Senator Byrne.