IDA board pos­i­tive about fu­ture plans for county

Wexford People - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

SENIOR mem­bers of the IDA ex­ec­u­tive and board con­vened a meet­ing of the body in County Hall, Wex­ford, last week, prais­ing the lo­cal author­ity for their am­bi­tious eco­nomic pro­gramme.

The meet­ings con­tin­ued for most of the day and in­cluded a de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tion from Wex­ford County Coun­cil Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Tom En­right, and Direc­tor of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Plan­ning Ser­vices, Tony Larkin, who out­lined the coun­cil’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strat­egy to in­crease the avail­abil­ity of new com­mer­cial of­fice and in­dus­trial space and to grow job op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out County Wex­ford.

IDA Chair­man Frank Ryan com­pli­mented pledged the full sup­port of the board in help­ing the coun­cil de­liver the strat­egy. This was the first time a board meet­ing of the IDA has taken place in County Wex­ford.

Mr En­right said: ‘We were de­lighted to have the op­por­tu­nity to present our plans for the de­vel­op­ment of the lo­cal econ­omy in Wex­ford and to show­case all the county has to of­fer as a great place to do busi­ness with a great qual­ity of life.’

He said the im­mi­nent con­struc­tion of the M11 En­nis­cor­thy and N25 New Ross By­passes pro­vides greatly im­proved ac­cess to the county and sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties. Mr En­right said Wex­ford County Coun­cil will com­mence con­struc­tion of a new large-scale ad­vanced fac­tory in New Ross next year - fol­low­ing the suc­cess of The Hatch Lab in Gorey - while the coun­cil will also be seek­ing plan­ning ap­proval for a Busi­ness and Tech­nol­ogy Park ad­ja­cent to St Se­nan’s in En­nis­cor­thy within the com­ing weeks. He added that plans for the Trin­ity Wharf site in Wex­ford were be­ing ad­vanced and would be made avail­able for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in 2018. Mr En­right said the in­vest­ments be­ing made will help to cre­ate hun­dreds of jobs and pro­vide im­por­tant ameni­ties and recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties.

Mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive and board of the IDA, ac­com­pa­nied by senior staff of the county coun­cil.

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