Donegal North East TD Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton to step in to save the Regional IDA office in Donegal.
Deputy McConalogue said: “The Government was forced to admit last week that the Regional IDA office in Letterkenny is shutting down, with services to be transferred to Sligo. There are now real concerns that, at a time when job creation should be of paramount importance, Donegal will be left behind.
“I am now calling on the Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton to seek an urgent meeting with the IDA to have this damaging decision reversed. Minister Bruton must also urge IDA management to fill the position of North West Regional Manager without delay. This is a critical role for promoting Donegal as a destination for jobs and investment and can’t be left vacant any longer.
“It is simply not good enough for the Minister charged with creating employment to hide behind the independence of the IDA, and claim their decisions are nothing to do with him.  It’s time for Minister Bruton to take an interest in what is happening in the North West and ensure that the key enterprise agency, the IDA, has sufficient resources to compete for investment in our region.
 “The bottom line is that in order to keep jobs in Donegal we need to ensure that our county’s interests are represented when key investment decisions are made. The ultimate responsibility for this lies with Minister Bruton and he can’t continue to shrug this duty to the real detriment of Donegal.”