IDA board positive about future plans for county
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.