Communities in Louth and Meath are being left behind by a two tier recovery that is concentrating growth unequally across Ireland. Last year there were only 10 visits made by the IDA to Louth and 2 in Meath. This is in contrast to over 200 made to Dublin. Our counties are just not a priority for job creation for Fine Gael or Labour with Louth only seeing 3% of IDA visits in 2015 so far. There is still huge potential for Drogheda and Dundalk to attract top level multinational investment.
Fianna Fáil has proposed establishing a new specialist unit within the IDA and Enterprise Ireland for regional cities and towns targeting foreign direct investment. Fianna Fáil launched “Streets Ahead”, a detailed policy document setting out measures to help Irish towns fight back. Reduced commercial rates for businesses, new town teams that bring together community groups and a specialist IDA unit for the regions will all help boost business across Louth.