More IDA land needed to maximise Wexford’s economic potential – Browne

Published on: 20 April 2018

Fianna Fáil TD for Wexford James Browne has called on the IDA to make more land available for investment in the county.

The Fianna Fáil representative made the comments in light of figures that show Wexford has the sixth lowest amount of hectares available for IDA-supported investment in the entire country.

Deputy Browne pointed to the lack of land available for IDA Ireland businesses as an example of the Government’s lack of commitment to Wexford.

With just 3.596 hectares available across Wexford, the amount of land available in the county is a damning nine times lower than the amount of available for investment in Wicklow.

The revelation follows on from Deputy Browne’s earlier work where he learned that just 3 IDA site visits took place in Wexford in 2017.

Deputy Browne explained, “The lack of suitable sites and the lack of available land reveal why the number of IDA visits to Wexford is so low. It is vital that the IDA looks to acquire more sites in Wexford and to make them available to regional, national and international businesses as soon as possible.

“There is great potential for further economic growth in Wexford, but this cannot be achieved if the Government continues to allow the IDA to prioritise other counties ahead of Wexford.”

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