THE IDA's newest advance factory in Sligo town will be finally finished construction in a fortnight.
The bad news is that there is no specific tenant lined up, it would seem.
But Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor did give Sligo a thumbs-up when on an American promotional tour last week.
Local Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin raised the issue in the Dáil on Tuesday afternoon.
Both Taoiseach Enda Kenny -- on the Church feast day of Saint Enda -- and his Jobs Minister, Mary Mitchell O'Connor responded.
Last time Tony and Mary discussed new jobs for Sligo it descended to verbal fisticuffs between the duo. See link below.
Sligo TD was adjudged by most of his party colleagues to have won that
dressing down for his Minister, hands down, last October.
On Tuesday he lobbed a (loaded) question in the direction of the Taoiseach himself, on the same issue.
Said Deputy McLoughlin: ''The programme for Government contains plans to address issues such as attracting new jobs to Ireland.
''Specifically into rural areas while increasing overall development in towns and villages across the country.
that basis, will the Taoiseach advise the House on the progress in
efforts made to promote the new advance IDA factory in Sligo to
potential foreign clients, given that it is now only two weeks from
he briefly advise if County Sligo should be considered as a growth
centre in the Ireland 2040 plan,'' asked Deputy McLoughlin.
Hmm. The Taoiseach chose the scenic route in his (wordy) sentences.
regard to the 2040 consultation,'' said the Taoiseach, ''I have
already made it publicly clear that this is an opportunity for the Sligo
region to put forward its case for inclusion as a growth centre in the
consultation currently under way.
''This is not a case of pitting town against town, as happened before.
are opportunities for every region and Sligo is one of those
potentially very major centres, with access in terms of roads to be
completed and so on.
''The fact that the advance factory is almost completed is an advantage for Sligo.
ask the Minister, Deputy Mitchell O'Connor to give Deputy McLoughlin an
indication of the interest being expressed in filling that location
the Minister: ''I thank Deputy McLoughlin. The Deputy has brought it up
for debate later today. I will be answering the same question.
''Sligo is on the IDA Ireland list. We are promoting it. I myself promoted it on two occasions in the past week in the US.
The Deputy has a wonderful facility there. He will be aware that I visited the facility and other facilities in Sligo.
also met the chamber of commerce and the local trading organisation
there and I am confident that IDA Ireland will be able to get good
Minister, I remind the House it is not only IDA Ireland. Enterprise
Ireland is a very good enterprise agency and is also bringing jobs to a
community, as are the LEOs (Local Enterprise Offices).
are there with IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the LEOs to try and
make sure that we land jobs in regional areas,'' concluded the Minister.
Link: See Sligo Today 13/10/2016.