Written answers

Thursday, 8 February 2024

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Industrial Development

Photo of Joe FlahertyJoe Flaherty (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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8. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment for an update on progress made to acquire an IDA Ireland purpose built facility in Longford town; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5508/24]

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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IDA Ireland’s Regional Property Programme is aimed at supporting economic development and job creation across the country by providing property solutions to its own as well as Enterprise Ireland and LEO clients. In this regard, the provision of property solutions is a key element of IDA’s marketing of the Midlands Region, including Longford and the IDA has committed to build an Advanced Building Solution, or ABS, in Longford to support the winning of new investment and job creation.

While the site selection process is under way and is commercially sensitive, I am advised that IDA Ireland continues to explore all possible options to identify and secure suitable lands aligned with investor needs and is continuing to liaise with Longford County Council and wider stakeholders in this regard. On conclusion of site selection, the design and planning phases will commence.

The specific dates for commencement of construction are wholly dependent on, and subject to, the successful outcome of these processes and there are many factors that impact on timelines for the delivery of construction projects. In addition, the construction industry continues to face challenges in respect of global supply chains and cost inflation and the IDA is using best endeavours to deliver the building in Longford in a timely manner having regard to these market dynamics.


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