Local Fianna Fáil County Councillor Michael Smith has criticised the IDA for making no attempt to attract industries and provide jobs in Roscrea and the region as a whole.
In a statement to this week sTipperary Star, Cllr Smith said- “Following a recent meeting, startling statistics were produced by the IDA which clearly and sadly demonstrate that there is no investment plan for this area. We were informed at the end of June this year, a total of two hundred and fifty site visits by potential investors was made nationally with sixty percent made in Dublin. There were zero site visits to the Midland region which includes Tipperary, Offaly, Laois, Longford and Carlow. There were fifteen site visits to Limerick. These are disheartening abysmal figures and need to change dramatically if we are to make any progress.
“In spite of the history of pharmaceuticals in Roscrea we are told that it is very unlikely to have any success in attracting an interested party as they appear to want clean new build. Emphasis was placed on food production in this industrial market town and they were asked to explore this aspect.
“All of this is further evidence of the Government’s failure to put in place a balanced regional development at a time when town and villages around the country are dying on their feet. The reality is that if you don’t show potential investors areas outside Dublin they are not going to invest there. Significant investment has been made over many years in providing improved road, rail and technology infrastructure, so that these areas are better placed to attract new firms and boost employment which is so desperately needed. Roscrea is now just one hour from Dublin.
“The ordinary tax payer, said Councillor Smith, pays the wages and salaries of all public representatives as well as the people who wok in the IDA and surely the people are entitled to expect fair play and there is no evidence that we are getting that at the moment,” Cllr Smith concluded.