Number of IDA visits to Tipperary ‘not enough’ – Taoiseach

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Logo of the Industrial Development Authority, Ireland.

The Taoiseach has admitted that ‘not enough’ visits have been paid to Co Tipperary by the IDA, but he hopes the fortunes of the country’s smaller towns will change, given that Dublin, Cork, and Galway are now prospering.

Speaking to Tipp Mid West in Clonmel on Saturday, the Taoiseach was asked about the IDA’s poor record of attracting business and industry to towns such as Tipperary and Carrick-on-Suir, as well as the small number of IDA visits to the county in recent years.

Mr Varadkar conceded that ‘not enough’ has been done ‘on the IDA side’; but he warned against putting too much stock in the number of visits the agency has brought to any one town, noting the impact he says Enterprise Ireland has had.

He added that ‘now Dublin and Cork and Galway are doing so well’, the opportunity needs to be seized to show (multi-nationals) ‘what some of the other towns have to offer’.