Laois rooted to bottom of jobs league

IDA figures

Laois rooted to bottom of jobs league
Conor Ganly

Laois remains rooted to the bottom of the league table of new jobs created by overseas IDA backed companies and is also close to the bottom for other areas of State-supported job creation.

The IDA figure keeps Laois firmly rooted to the bottom of the table as the county with the fewest people employed by foreign based companies.

Figures published in the Dáil show that just 19 jobs were created here in 2014/15. Leitrim was second lowest with 20 new jobs but is home to 423 posts in foreign-based firms. There are just 97 IDA-backed jobs in Laois between two companies

In May of this year the benefits of moving your business to Leitrim were highlighted at a Leitrim County Council-backed event in Dublin.

Former IDA Managing Director, Padraic White, told the conference that,

“Leitrim offers quality staff, low costs and is only 90 minutes from the M50 providing an ideal base as an over-flow facility for businesses in Dublin”.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor told the Dáil before the summer break that four companies visited Laois in 2015 but no prospective employers visited the county from overseas this year.

In the same set of replies it was revealed that Laois is second from bottom, ahead of Leitrim, for the number of jobs supported by Enterprise Ireland, the Government agency responsible for developing Irish business globally. There were 1,297 jobs in supported firms at the end of 2015. Just over 290 jobs were created in 2014/15.

Local business supported by the Laois Local Enterprise Office created 241 jobs in 2014/15.

The one upside for is that counties on Laois’ border have IDA-backed employers. There are more than 10,000 jobs in Kildare with some 900 posts in Offaly.

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