The President of Clonmel Chamber has given a guarded welcome to the IDA’s Horizon 2020 document, which was published recently. The strategic plan aims to locate fifty per cent of new foreign investment in areas outside of Dublin and Cork. Chamber President, Tina Mulhearne hopes that Clonmel will register highly on the list of potential FDI locations.
“The ambition to develop Ireland as the world’s largest laboratory for companies to develop, test bed and internationalise products is admirable, however I do feel that Clonmel should figure highly in their plans. We have a large, highly educated workforce and have already proven ourselves to be a perfect location for FDI investment,” she said.
“Brian Cleary, Chamber CEO and I will be seeking a meeting with the IDA to establish where Clonmel is positioned in the Horizon 2020 plans. The stated aim of creating 105,000 jobs by 2014 is much welcomed, as is the target of developing opportunities in emerging markets. Clonmel and South Tipperary must be considered for future investment. The large FDI manufacturers are all key members of Clonmel Chamber and we would welcome a new technology or Cleantech firm to the area to augment our healthcare cluster” she added.
Clonmel Chamber represents the entire range of businesses in the area from dynamic SME’s to global brand name companies and it regards the sourcing of a new FDI company for the town as a key objective for policy makers over the next five years.
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