Written answers

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Industrial Development

Photo of Pauline TullyPauline Tully (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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79. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of IDA backed companies that are currently located within each county; the number of IDA backed companies located in each county in the past five years, respectively; the number of site visits that were conducted by the IDA in each county in the past five years, respectively; the amount of funding that was expended by the IDA in each county in the past five years, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30072/21]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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The Deputy has asked for the number of IDA client companies located in each county over the past 5 years, details of which are set out below:

County 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Carlow 5 5 5 7 7
Cavan 9 8 7 7 7
Clare 64 69 68 70 71
Cork 194 201 191 179 169
Donegal 16 16 14 14 14
Dublin 861 895 828 788 747
Galway 93 89 88 81 75
Kerry 17 18 17 14 14
Kildare 29 30 29 28 26
Kilkenny 8 8 7 7 5
Laois 5 4 3 3 2
Leitrim 5 5 5 5 5
Limerick 67 63 60 58 56
Longford 6 6 7 5 5
Louth 30 30 29 26 23
Mayo 17 17 16 17 17
Meath 18 18 18 17 18
Monaghan 7 7 7 5 5
Offaly 11 11 11 11 11
Roscommon 10 10 10 10 10
Sligo 29 29 26 26 26
Tipperary 12 12 11 11 12
Waterford 39 38 37 37 37
Westmeath 22 22 22 21 16
Wexford 22 22 20 19 19
Wicklow 20 20 20 20 21
Total 1,616 1,653 1,556 1,486 1,418

The Deputy has also asked for the number of site visits conducted by the IDA in each county in the past five years: 

County 2020* 2019 2018 2017 2016
Carlow 2 9 7 8 9
Cavan 2 7 2 2 2
Clare 16 28 13 22 18
Cork 30 68 61 51 49
Donegal 1 12 8 2 7
Dublin 121 284 269 327 284
Galway 21 46 54 62 42
Kerry 1 5 10 9 3
Kildare 8 14 8 10 8
Kilkenny 8 13 5 6 10
Laois 2 5 10 4 6
Leitrim 1 2 6 5 8
Limerick 26 57 35 42 49
Longford 1 3 5 7 6
Louth 14 40 20 22 24
Mayo 1 3 10 7 5
Meath 2 4 6 3 8
Monaghan 2 4 3 1 2
Offaly 1 5 5 5 4
Roscommon 1 3 3 3 1
Sligo 9 29 15 18 20
Tipperary 12 7 5 8 8
Waterford 9 18 21 11 17
Westmeath 14 22 22 42 36
Wexford 4 6 3 3 7
Wicklow 2 6 1 2 5
Total 311 700 607 682 638

*In response to COVID 19, IDA Ireland migrated many of its business development and client engagement activities to digital platforms. The use of digital platforms by IDA staff has contributed to an enhanced digital engagement with existing clients and also in hosting E-Site visits with potential new investors.2020 figures are consequently a combination of ‘in person’ visits and ‘E-visits’. details of which are set out below:

- TThe table below sets out the details of the amount of funding expended by the IDA in each county in each of the past 5 years, as requested by the Deputy. Note that payments shown in the table relate to grants paid.  There are several reasons why certain counties might have registered a small or zero figure in any given year. The grant may be paid in a different year than approved. Grants are for specific projects and the life time of these is generally 3-5 years, so although a small or zero figure is shown it does not necessarily mean there was no activity. And finally the number of FDI companies in a particular county will affect the number/amounts of grants paid in that county.

County 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Carlow €0 €4,553 €420,000 €82,725 €1,080,631
Cavan €269,273 €0 €5,000 €64,180 €418,271
Clare €8,069,014 €3,788,972 €2,412,357 €2,521,600 €3,023,557
Cork €24,569,556 €17,430,002 €11,415,316 €20,843,403 €13,220,973
Donegal €269,360 €4,667,694 €1,127,160 €1,602,200 €685,500
Dublin* €26,872,060 €24,794,941 €22,157,870 €19,949,601 €20,136,706
Galway €10,581,508 €12,622,184 €11,061,925 €7,681,690 €13,611,022
Kerry €1,264,097 €440,688 €1,136,091 €2,357,952 €1,024,766
Kildare €34,650 €2,004,030 €66,865 €2,096,053 €3,573,544
Kilkenny €0 €429,000 €815,000 €156,000 €440,000
Laois €4,950 €0 €24,850 €24,500 €5,000
Leitrim €0 €138,000 €0 €0 €0
Limerick €5,413,824 €5,756,874 €18,797,498 €7,036,757 €13,589,484
Longford €928,877 €3,565,809 €2,440,323 €3,297,973 €169,542
Louth €2,022,330 €9,139,112 €1,428,041 €924,060 €3,031,765
Mayo €4,572,443 €218,646 €2,963,460 €3,184,082 €1,498,389
Meath €107,719 €0 €182,259 €0 €0
Monaghan €0 €0 €150,000 €0 €200,000
Offaly €0 €1,195,208 €201,335 €960,089 €355,540
Roscommon €1,110,153 €259,917 €307,000 €185,500 €0
Sligo €3,771,782 €2,057,405 €1,680,337 €2,875,340 €922,814
Tipperary €4,792,342 €2,159,434 €4,396,502 €3,428,740 €2,580,100
Waterford €7,001,542 €4,402,166 €3,532,451 €7,794,598 €10,914,081
Westmeath €747,350 €4,557,617 €3,146,661 €2,078,588 €1,768,687
Wexford €260,158 €155,000 €690,408 €1,473,521 €568,307
Wicklow €3,420,440 €557,577 €487,818 €321,734 €159,372
Total €106,083,428 €100,344,829 €91,046,527 €90,940,886 €92,978,051

*Includes NIBRT (National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training) payments to the value of €62,966,581.

IDA Ireland launched their new Strategy  Driving Recovery and Sustainable Growth in January last.  The strategy will be delivered through a focus on five pillars: Growth, Transformation, Regions, Sustainability and Impact. These interlinked pillars align with and are guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. At a national level they reflect the approach and ambition of the Programme for Government.

Regional development is at the very heart of the Agency’s strategy in that it contains a commitment to more balanced, compact regional development which can help to advance national development.

The IDA has a target of 400 investments - half of all new investments – in regional locations. The strategy will drive recovery and support development in each region, partner with clients to facilitate innovation and upskilling, develop clusters, work with clients to enable remote working opportunities and continue the role out of the Agency’s regional property programme.

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