South Tipperary has finished fifth from bottom in a league table of jobs created last year through foreign direct investment by the Industrial Development Authority.
Only ten jobs were created in South Tipperary by the IDA in 2012 in a year when the authority recorded its strongest net job performance in a decade with 11,766 jobs created in client companies.
While South Tipperary fared miserably, it did better than North Tipperary which finished bottom of the list with no jobs created. North Tipperary was the only area that failed to register one new job. South Tipp was fifth from bottom but one place above that was Offaly where over three times as many jobs were created than were in South Tipperary. Only Monaghan (3 jobs), Laois (2),Leitrim (1) and North Tipperary were worse off than South Tipperary.
Dublin dominate taking 6,389 or 54% of the jobs. It was far ahead of the second best performing centre, Cork where 1,979 jobs were located.
South Tipperary ‘s miserable return was revealed when the figures were provided by Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. The details emerged as a written Dail response to Fine Gael’s Deputy Joe McHugh.
“With regard to new name business the final decision on where to locate an investment ultimately resides with the client company, despite IDA efforts and financial support available in some regional locations” said an IDA spokesperson.