Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment

Foreign Direct Investment

Photo of Neale RichmondNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
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18. To ask the Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment the steps taken to attract more foreign direct investment to Ireland post Brexit and to increase existing investment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30518/20]

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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While COVID-19 is the most significant challenge to our ongoing efforts to sustain and grow foreign direct investment in Ireland, Brexit remains a significant challenge for our economy.

IDA Ireland has been working hard with its client base, over several years, to help mitigate Brexit-related risks that could impact on foreign direct investment in Ireland and to help their clients here respond to any Brexit-related issues they may have. We want overseas firms that already have a presence here to stay well into the future.

In addition, ever since the UK referendum in June 2016, the Agency has been seeking to realise opportunities to attract further Brexit-related investment to Ireland. These efforts have yielded impressive results and the Agency has won over 93 Brexit-related investments with an associated jobs potential of 5,900.

Furthermore, the IDA has taken steps to diversify its source markets for foreign direct investment. The Agency has restructured its European operations to treat the UK as a separate market and will also deploy additional resources in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. The IDA has also opened a new Toronto office, which reflects the strong growth in investment from Canada.

IDA Ireland continues to emphasise the core elements of Ireland’s value proposition for foreign direct investment. Our strengths – including our pro-enterprise policy environment, highly-educated English-speaking workforce and our membership of the European Union – remain attractive to international investors and IDA Ireland will continue to work closely with international clients, from a range of sectors, to attract job-rich investment from overseas firms.

To enable it to do so, IDA Ireland is well resourced. Additional funding (capital and current) of €42.6m is being provided in Budget 2021. This will assist the Agency in its efforts to attract new job-rich investment that will be an essential part of our economic recovery.

Retaining and strengthening Ireland’s reputation as a first-class destination for foreign direct investment remains fundamentally important to our economic model. I am confident that multinationals will continue to locate or expand further in Ireland in the years ahead.

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