Kerry fears fallout of Shannon Development change

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has faced tough questions about the Government’s moves to reconfigure Shannon Development.

Reforms will see the agency take over the development of the Shannon Airport, and effectively replace its development remit in Tralee, with both the IDA and Enterprise Ireland.

The minister, on a visit to Tralee, visited leading international companies at Kerry Technology Park, which was set up and managed by Shannon Development. There are fears for the park’s future, given the change in Shannon’s remit announced last week.

The agency was highly successful in setting up the Tralee Technology Park where 400 people are employed in high tech companies like Altobridge, Pulse Learning and JRI America.

Mayor of Tralee Grace O’Donnell (FG) told the minister : “We are worried at the loss of Shannon Development. Tralee Technology Park is a testament to their success.”

The park has planning for a third building. However, Mr Bruton said the new Shannon body would continue to support the property development and business parks throughout the region.

“But we are giving a clear mandate to the IDA it has to deliver foreign investment,” said the minister.

Mr Bruton said he had specific instructions for the IDA to develop its base in Kerry, where its lack of involvement has been heavily criticised.


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