“You’re on your own,” was the message from the IDA to Edenderry Town Council according to councillors at their May meeting last Wednesday.
“We were wasting our time talking to the IDA,” said Cllr John Foley. “They are only interested in inward foreign investment. I thought they created jobs, but they don’t.”
Cathaoirleach Cllr Jim Murrin added, “We have to push things ourselves from here on.”
However, the councillors were heartened by a meeting with Offaly County Council’s Economic Development Officer David Minton who had made many helpful suggestions.
“We need to get the ball rolling ourselves,” added Cllr Liam Hogan.
“Where do we go from here?” asked Cllr Fergus McDonnell.
Cllr Murrin said, “We want to create jobs and bring business to the town. David gave us a lot of information and will be coming back to meet local business representatives too.”
The suggestion of holding a One Stop Shop day for Edenderry was welcomed by Cllr Mary Brady. “It will be an opportunity to get all the information needed and to show people how to create jobs, how to get grants from Europe and get all the information they can.”
Even if only two or three local companies providing employment were created as a result of such workshops, that would be very welcome, pointed out Cllr Foley. “Let’s be positive about spearheading job creation.”
“David Minton is a great man to have on board,” added Cllr Murrin.
Director of Services Declan Conlon explained that the Economic Development Officer would host the think tank to see what common ground there was between all the interested local parties.
It is hoped that the event would be day long and would involve bodies such as the County Enterprise Board, Start Your Own Business and any other organisations that could encourage people to start your own business.
“The aim is to get information out there about the town of Edenderry. We need to ensure there is no duplication and hopefully something good will come out of it that will benefit the town,” added Mr Conlon.