Dáil debates

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation


1:00 pm

Photo of Marc Ó CathasaighMarc Ó Cathasaigh (Waterford, Green Party)

Last week, in the company of representatives from Waterford LEADER Partnership, I visited two new office buildings in the Blackwater Valley economic development zone, in Lismore and Tallow, both very fine new buildings that offer a company all it would need in the centre of these historic towns. Injecting good jobs and salaries into rural towns such as these throughout the country has the capacity to transform local economies and drive on the goals set out in both Our Rural Future and our town centre first policy. While remote working and hot-desking will be an element of the offering, the partnership needs anchor tenants to provide that stable revenue stream. Does the Tánaiste see a role for Enterprise Ireland in helping to direct the demand for high-quality office spaces to those in the likes of Lismore and Tallow, rural towns where that economic boost would be most keenly felt?


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