214. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of visits since 2011 sponsored by IDA Ireland to Dublin that also visited Cork and to Cork that also visited Dublin, in the context of the agency’s Horizon 2020 strategy; and if the target of 50% of investments to be located outside Dublin and Cork will be reached. (Question 19705/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - IDA Ireland Site Visits)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): IDA Ireland’s primary regional development goal, as set out in its current strategy ‘Winning: Foreign Direct Investment 2015-2019’, is to increase investment by 30% to 40% in every region of Ireland. Real progress has been made towards that target over the first three years of this strategy with half of all jobs created by IDA client companies since 2015 located outside Dublin.
IDA Ireland collates data on the number of...

137. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of IDA Ireland site visits in each county in quarter 1 of 2018, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19552/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - IDA Ireland Site Visits)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The following table sets out details on the number of IDA site visits to each county of Ireland in the first three months of 2018.
As I have indicated previously, the IDA continues to highlight the benefits of expanding or locating in all counties of Ireland to its clients, including through site visits to regional areas. It is important to remember, however, that the final decision as to where to invest always rests wi...

202. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of IDA site visits in each county in quarter 1 of 2018, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17302/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - IDA Ireland Site Visits)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): IDA Ireland continues to highlight the benefits of expanding or locating in all counties of Ireland to its client base. It is important to remember, however, that the final decision as to where to invest always rests with the company concerned. It is also the case that site visit activity does not necessarily reflect investment potential, as at least 70% of all new FDI comes from existing IDA Ireland client companies.
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