the IDA Is ignoring Edenderry was the claim by town councillors at their monthly meeting last week. A letter requesting that the IDA meet with the council was sent on February 14, but to date a reply has not been received.
Cllr John Foley suggested that the Council should write again as he felt that there was an urgent need to set up a meeting at this stage. If a reply has not been recived by the next monthly meeting then the Councillors should go to the IDA office themselves demanding a meeting.
He also called on local TDs to support the Town Council’s request for a meeting. “We need help, we need someone to take up this issue for us. We don’t want the R402 opened up and not to have some jobs in the pipeline.”
Cllr Declan Leddin agreed that pressure should be put on TDs. “We should speak to them all - TDs, Ministers, get everyone to get on to the IDA. If we write to them the best we will get is a stock response. We have to let them know that we need jobs, big time. The new road will ease access to the town. At the end of the day we all need to sit down and have a discussion about how to promote Edenderry. We should be talking to Tourism Ireland and all the other state agencies. Let’s do it apolitically,” he added.
Cllr Noel Cribbin asked if the IDA had any land in Edenderry? “The first thing we need to do is clarify if the IDA has land and a plan for it.”
Cllr Foley suggested that the town of Edenderry should “look inside the circle as well as outside it.” Small companies could create 5 to 10 jobs, “There is potential to create jobs inside the circle - we need to tap into that. The IDA can give guidance, but we need to start small and within the community.”
The IDA will only look at big towns like the Gateway towns, claimed Cllr Finian O’Neill. “The IDA has not given us anything. They are very negative about Edenderry. I’m not surprised there was no response. There is grant aid available, we need to find out where. We should publish a brochure highlighting the facilities in the town.”
Cathaoirleach Cllr Jim Murrin expressed his disappointment that there had not been a response from the IDA. He added that there was land in Edenderry which had been zoned for industrial purposes.
“It’s bad form that they didn’t reply. They are a government funded agency. We should be using TDs to make our case,” added Cllr Murrin.