Written answers

Thursday, 13 July 2023

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Capital Expenditure Programme

Photo of Rose Conway-WalshRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein)
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354. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the status of the proposed industrial park for Ballina, County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35018/23]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The IDA actively promotes available buildings and land in IDA Business Parks and high-quality buildings in private ownership through their network of overseas offices. IDA Ireland owns approximately 10.6 hectares of industrial zoned land on the Sligo Road in Quignashee, Ballina and the site has been "concept master planned" by the Agency to demonstrate its potential to investors.

IDA Ireland continues to market the site to existing and prospective investors that may be interested in expanding or locating in County Mayo. IDA Ireland is working in collaboration with Mayo County Council and relevant stakeholders to ensure that the potential for the IDA Ballina lands to further support the objectives of IDA’s current strategy 2021-2024 is maximised.

Planning permission had been previously obtained for infrastructural development, although this has since expired. I am advised, however, that IDA Ireland has a planning submission application being drafted for a Phase 1 infrastructure delivery and is awaiting a final confirmation of feasibility response from key stakeholders to include in this planning application. I am further advised it is IDA's intention to lodge the planning application on receipt of same. IDA Ireland will work with Mayo County Council to ensure the infrastructure development will be complimentary to the wider development plans for Ballina and that the site, once developed will be positioned and marketed as a suitable location for indigenous and FDI developments.


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