IDA performance in Tipp ‘stinks’

The performance of the IDA in Tipperary was strongly condemned at this months meeting of Tipperary Town Council

The performance of the IDA in Tipperary was strongly condemned at this months meeting of Tipperary Town Council

Speaking on his motion, Cllr. Denis Leahy asked the Council to write to the IDA in relation to Foreign Direct Investment Jobs created in South Tipperary last year. Nationally 11,766 jobs were created, however only 10 of those were located in South Tipperary. He said that South Tipperary had come fifth from bottom. ‘We are getting a very raw deal and ten jobs out of 11,766 stinks,’ added Cllr. Leahy.

Seconding the motion Cllr. Jacqui Finnan said that it was a very poor performance in the County and that they should seek answers regarding the IDAs strategy for Tipperary. Councillors Billy Bourke and John Hartnett also supported the motion.

However Councillor Anna Touhy Halligan said that ultimately that it was international companies who decided where they located when they came to the country and not the IDA. She said what the town needed was small sustainable industries.

Responding Cllr. Leahy said that this was untrue and in the past they had succeeded in winning large industry such as Tambrands, Mass Mutual and Pall by emphasising the town’s positives - ‘we won those days and we can still win.’