Council calls on IDA to explain lack of Kilkenny funding

Kilkenny Borough Council has called on the IDA to attend its next meeting to explain why Kilkenny has received no grant assistance or business visits during the last two years.

Kilkenny Borough Council has called on the IDA to attend its next meeting to explain why Kilkenny has received no grant assistance or business visits during the last two years.

Figures released earlier this year revealed that there were just three IDA-supported companies in Kilkenny, compared to 31 in neighbouring Waterford. In total, the figures showed less than 400 IDA-supported jobs in Kilkenny, while Waterford has over 4,500, and South Tipperary has more than 3,000.

There were also no visits by IDA client companies to Kilkenny during 2010 and 2011. In light of the figures, the council has now asked that the IDA provide a reason for the dearth of funding and visits.

The motion was proposed by Councillor Kathleen Funchion (SF), who said that the current situation is not good enough.

“Kilkenny didn’t receive any business from the IDA in 2010 and 2011,” she said.

“This is at a time when job creation is vital to us.”

Cathaoirleach of the county council Paul Cuddihy said that he shared some of Cllr Funchion’s concerns. He added that he had recently spoken to the IDA chief.

“I reminded him that we are open for business,” he said.

“He did say he looked forward to making a significant announcement in the near future. I also believe we now have someone based in the south east and I look forward to meeting them.”

Mayor David Fitzgerald, who chaired the meeting, said that borough council had to ensure Kilkenny was not ignored.

“I would like to voice my support for this,” he said.

“It is incumbent upon us to press the IDA to work with our city.”