IDA boss Martin Shanahan
Plans for a multi-million euro Advanced Technology Building (ATB) by the IDA for Carlow are now at site selection stage and design team selections are underway, a Government minister has confirmed.
Fianna Fáil's Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business for the status of each new advance building under the IDA’s €150 million property investment programme by outline planning, construction phase and final completion; and the location by address and cost for each such building.
In a written response, Minister Heather Humphreys said: "IDA Ireland are working towards ambitious targets to ensure that employment and investment are distributed as evenly as possible across the country.
"The IDA’s Regional Property Investment Programme has been designed to win investments and jobs into regional locations.
"As part of the first phase of the IDA’s Regional Property Programme, new buildings in Sligo, Castlebar and Tralee were constructed in 2017.
"New buildings are also planned in Galway, Carlow, Dundalk, Limerick, Athlone and Waterford over the next two years.
"In terms of the construction costs, IDA Ireland adheres to public procurement guidelines and the relevant details of the respective contracts are shared on the eTenders platform.
"The buildings completed in Sligo, Castlebar and Tralee were constructed for the combined contract value of approximately €11.6 million and the cost of construction for the buildings committed and underway in Dundalk, Limerick and Waterford is approximately €21.82 million."
The Minister revealed that the Carlow building has a target completion date of Q4 2019.