« BackIDA boss says job would be easier if Macroom and Adare bottlenecks were resolved

The head of the Industrial Development Authority has said his task of promoting Kerry would be made much easier if the bottlenecks of Adare and Macroom were resolved.

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Speaking during a visit to Kerry, Abbeydorney native Martin Shahahan said that connectivity into the county in terms of broadband and roads infrastructure are vital in attracting investment.

While acknowledging that roads access is a serious problem, he said that air access to Kerry is a plus:

Martin Shanahan also said that politicians sometimes get too hung up on the statistics around the number of IDA-led visits to sites of interest in counties like Kerry.

Official figures show that there have been just a handful of site visits by potential industrial investors in Kerry in recent years.

He says however that many sites in Kerry are promoted remotely by the IDA in the absence of a site visit, which often comes at the very end of the process: