Recent figures obtained by Fianna Fáil Kildare North representative Cllr James Lawless reveal Kildare has some of the lowest numbers of IDA Ireland sponsored site visits over the last four years. The IDA visits, which can lea​d to direct investment and employment opportunities in the county, have been severely lacking in Kildare since the current government took office.

Cllr Lawless, who is a Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Kildare North, also highlighted the lack of strong representation from the incumbent Kildare Government TD’ on this issue.

Cllr Lawless commented, “Kildare has only received five IDA visits over the past four years. For the fourth largest​ county in Ireland ​with a sufficient motorway links, infrastructure, and a willing workforce it is disappointing more visits have not been made”.

“Why has Kildare had five visits when places like Westmeath received 37, Wicklow received 13, and Kilkenny received 11? I believe Kildare can compete with these counties and offer better facilities to prospective business looking to invest in Ireland. Serious questions need to be raised about the lack of visits given we have three government T.D’s in North Kildare who have clearly not been urging their Ministerial colleagues to support Kildare with IDA visits”.

“As a candidate for the next general election I aim to hold the government to account on the issue of IDA visits and look to urge more visits from outside investors to drive the Kildare economy​ in the right direction.”