Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader and TD for Mayo Dara Calleary is warning that Mayo is being left behind in terms of investment and is calling for a focussed approach to be adopted to attract new business and jobs.

He made the comments following new information released to him in recent weeks.

Deputy Calleary explained, “While I welcome the moderate expansion of the existing IDA companies in Co. Mayo, more needs to be done to attract new investment.  There appears to be no issue in persuading large multinationals to locate in Dublin and the commuter counties, but I have real concerns that the Jobs Minister and her Cabinet colleagues are not pushing areas outside the Greater Dublin Area.

“The IDA owns around 11 hectares of land in Ballina, which Minister Humphreys confirms has been “master planned and have planning permission for infrastructure development”.  What we need now is a concerted effort from government and the IDA and market these sites.

“Last year a mere 7 IDA site visits were undertaken in Mayo.  Compare that to 18 in Sligo, 62 in Galway and a whopping 327 in Dublin.  The government’s assertion that rural Ireland is a priority rings hollow when those figures are examined.

“The facts are simple – the land is here, the workforce is here, the talent is here.  The government just needs to wake up to that and properly promote Ballina, and Mayo in general, to attract the investment that is needed to allow people to live and work in this county”.