Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says Government claims that it’s investing in the regions has been exposed after new figures revealed that there were only 2 IDA site visits to Donegal in 2017.
The figures show a total of 682 site visits last year. There were 327 in Dublin, with another 37 in the commuter counties of Louth, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow. A total of 2 visits were made to Donegal.
Deputy McConalogue said, “These figures speak for themselves. The Government is continuing to concentrate all of its investment opportunities in the capital and surrounding counties, to the detriment of the regions, with more than half of all visits focused on the Greater Dublin Area. Donegal secured a mere 0.3% of all visits to the country.
“These figures are further evidence of this Government’s complete neglect of the regions. The trend of targeted investment in Dublin and commuter counties is most definitely continuing – will 327 out of 682 of all site visits taking place in Co. Dublin alone. Compare that to the North Western counties of Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim, which saw a combined total of 25 visits in the last year, and the discrimination is clear.
“It comes as no surprise that the economic situation in these counties has not seen any dramatic improvement – the Government has chosen to continue to focus on the capital and is showing no real interest in pushing the potential of the regions.
“We have greenfield sites, we have an IT in Letterkenny, which produces high calibre graduates, and we have a proud history in this county of manufacturing and production. However, we need the government to get on board and to actively promote counties like Donegal. We have seen a lack of investment and support in the North West and that needs to change. Unless we make Donegal an attractive place to live, with good quality jobs and infrastructure, people will continue to leave and communities here will be irreversibly damaged”.