Revealed: Only seven IDA site visits for 2018 were in Carlow, says local Senator

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Senator Jennifer Murnane O'Connor

Fianna Fáil Senator for Carlow, Jennifer Murnane O’Connor, has said the low number of IDA site visits in Carlow further demonstrates the Government’s neglect of rural Ireland.

Senator Murnane O’Connor was commenting as information released to Fianna Fáil shows that out of a total of 607 IDA site visits in 2018, just seven of these were to Carlow.

She said: "Yet again we see a stark divide between rural and urban areas when it comes to Foreign Direct Investment.

"In 2018, 269 IDA visits were to Dublin, representing almost 45% of the total visits, compare this to Carlow where there were just 1.1% of visits, and it’s clear where the Government priorities lie.

"Time and again we hear this Government tell us that quality jobs are being created right across the country, the reality is very different. For a county, in such close proximity to Dublin, Carlow is being left behind."

"While indigenous companies are the backbone of our communities, a well-balanced economy needs a combination of local and FDI investment.

"The Fine Gael Government is failing to spread FDI promotion to the regions where job growth is urgently needed," she added.