Written answers

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment

IDA Ireland

Pa Daly (Kerry, Sinn Fein)
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35. To ask the Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment the number of IDA Ireland site visits by county in each of the years 2016 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37154/20]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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When it comes to foreign direct investment (FDI), site visits represent a valuable tool through which investors can be encouraged to invest in regional areas. However, site visit activity does not necessarily reflect investment potential, as a significant percentage of all new FDI comes from existing IDA client companies.

COVID-19 has presented undeniable challenges to our ongoing efforts to sustain and grow foreign direct investment (FDI) in Ireland. The introduction of travel restrictions around the world is already disrupting the typical way in which the IDA engages with investors, resulting in fewer numbers of site visits and client meetings. The pandemic has also impacted investor confidence and has likely caused some investment decisions to be delayed or postponed.

As an alternative to site visits, the IDA has migrated many of its business development and client engagement activities to digital platforms. The Agency has developed new digital content and has also put in place an E-Site Visit experience for potential investors.

The following table details the number of IDA site visits per county in each of the years 2016 to 2019, and to date in 2020. The 2020 figures capture the total visits per County taking place with potential new investors. The IDA has hosted 131 In-Person visits and 101 E-Visits to the end of Q3.

County 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 to date
Carlow 9 8 7 9 2
Cavan 2 2 2 7 1
Clare 18 22 13 28 15
Cork 49 51 61 68 22
Donegal 7 2 8 12 1
Dublin 284 327 269 284 86
Galway 42 62 54 46 16
Kerry 3 9 10 5 1
Kildare 8 10 8 14 7
Kilkenny 10 6 5 13 6
Laois 6 4 10 5 1
Leitrim 8 5 6 2 1
Limerick 49 42 35 57 18
Longford 6 7 5 3 0
Louth 24 22 20 40 11
Mayo 5 7 10 3 1
Meath 8 3 6 4 2
Monaghan 2 1 3 4 1
Offaly 4 5 5 5 1
Roscommon 1 3 3 3 0
Sligo 20 18 15 29 5
Tipperary 8 8 5 7 8
Waterford 17 11 21 18 9
Westmeath 36 42 22 22 11
Wexford 7 3 3 6 4
Wicklow 5 2 1 6 2
Total 638 682 607 700 232

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