IDA should construct Advanced Building in Mullingar now
Labour spokesperson for Rural Affairs, Willie Penrose TD, has described as ‘deeply disappointing’ the response of the IDA to his request for the construction of an advanced building in Mullingar. Advanced buildings, which are an important part of the IDA strategy for business investment in regional areas, are currently planned for many other locations including Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Sligo, and Athlone.
Deputy Penrose said:
“I wrote to the IDA on the 29th of January asking that they consider constructing an advanced building in the Mullingar Business & Technology Park, similar to the one which is planned for Athlone. Having advanced buildings ready to go is crucial for securing business investment in the Midlands.
“I welcome the plans to construct in Athlone, but Mullingar should be left underdeveloped by the IDA. There are a number of advanced buildings planned across Connaught and Munster, but only one planned in the Midlands – Athlone. There is more than enough talent in our workforce and infrastructure in Westmeath to warrant a second building in my opinion.
“The site in Mullingar is shovel ready now. The IDA repeatedly tell Deputies such as myself from the Midlands that investment in the region is a priority, yet here we have a shovel ready site, in a large town which is calling out for more investment, and we are fobbed off.
“I note that Westmeath County Council have applied for planning permission for such a building themselves. I am fully supportive of the council in this matter and will continue to advocate for further investment in Mullingar by the IDA also. This investment in Mullingar is essential for the further development of the capital town of Westmeath.