SW Candidates clash on IDA land deal

Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keefe may be asked to comment on the IDA's recent decision to concentrate on Letterkenny when marketting Donegal abroad.

At a recent meeting of Donegal County Council, a deal was agreed under which the IDA will hand over land and units in Ballyshannon, Buncrana, Carndonagh, Donegal Town and Milford to the council.

As part of the deal,the IDA is providing €800,000 for repairs and €500,000 for road improvements, with the council agreeing to offsetting the 1.3 million costs by deferring development charges on future developments in Letterkenny.

However, Fianna Fail by-election candidate Senator Brian O'Domhnaill says the IDA must continue to play a central role in Donegal South West...........

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Senator O'Domhnaill hit out at Fine Gael candidate Cllr Barry O'Neill, accusing him of claiming that the IDA has “pulled out” of Donegal; that it will no longer bring any jobs to the county.

He says this is an example of negative campaiging which will damage Donegal.

However, Cllr O'Neill says the deal between the IDA and the council is an indication of the failure of the IDA and Fianna Fail in the area of job creation............

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