The IDA is to be invited to Tipperary to outline what it is doing to attract jobs to the county. The decision to invite the State agency was made after councillors backed a motion from Cllr Siobhan Ambrose at their September meeting.
“We are one county now with a population of 160,000 but we don’t hear of any foreign direct investment coming into the county,” said Cllr Ambrose.
She was supported by Cllr Seamus Hanafin who pointed out that the IDA had not brought one job to North Tipperary in over 20 years.
“They have done a bad job in Tipperary through the lack of effort,” he said.
Cllr Jackie Cahill and Cllr Martin Browne said the meeting should not be a once off and, instead, the councillors should seek regular reports from the IDA.
“Not being a hub or a gateway is a big minus,” said Cllr Joe Hannigan. He was contradicted by Cllr Hanafin, who said that was the excuse being used by the IDA, but not every county was a hub or a gateway.
However, Cllr Seamus Morris maintained the IDA was “just doing what they are told to do. It’s all about spatial strategy and it is not working. The Government dictates that the IDA are not allowed bring jobs here.”
He said that Dublin was “bursting at the seams” and councillors should get on to their local TDs to have the spatial strategy changed.
He was backed by Cllr Jim Ryan, who said there had been no IDA delegation to the county in 10 years. He suggested that rather than have the IDA come to the council, the council should send a delegation to meet them and the Minister for Jobs and Enterprise.
Meanwhile, Cllr Ambrose sought an update on broadband in Tipperary and pointed out some areas had huge problems, particularly businesses. She was told that the council recognised there was a problem with speed and was collecting data on coverage and extent of coverage which would be forwarded to the Minister.