COMPANY TO ESTABLISH HEADQUARTERS AT FERMOY I.D.A. SITE?
Mystery surrounds the identity of a company that has acquired a site in the IDA Technology Park in Fermoy. The 6 hectare fully serviced park on the Dublin Road has lain idle for over five years prompting much criticism from local officials.
However, Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan, has indicated that a company has obtained a site in the park with a view to establishing a headquarters in Fermoy.
An IDA spokesperson told The Avondhu that these plans have been postponed in the meantime. The Tanaiste’s comments came as a result of an enquiry into progress at the park by Cork East TD Sean Sherlock. The Labour deputy put it to the Tanaiste that progress on finding tenants for the Fermoy site is crucial given recent developments in the town.
“Fermoy Technology Park has been lying idle for a number of years. All the necessary infrastructure is in place for the development of a business & technology park. With the relocation of Quinn-healthcare to Cork; impending jobs losses at SCI Fermoy and redundancies in 2006 at FCI it is imperative prospective tenants are sought and secured for Fermoy,” Deputy Sherlock said in his written parliamentary question to the Tanaiste.
In her reply Ms Coughlan said that an Enterprise Ireland client, whose intention it is to establish headquarters in the park, has acquired a site there. She added that the IDA has carried out master planning of the park and received planning permission for an advanced technology unit.
“This would thereby potentially facilitate a smooth planning application by a client interested in locating in the park,” she said.
Neither the IDA or Enterprise Ireland were willing to confirm the identity of the client company involved.
Thursday 26th March 6:44pm