7 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Co Council are to engage with the IDA in a bid to secure lands at Knockaconny in order to retain them for economic development and job creation purposes in the county.
The future of the Knockaconny site – which the IDA are putting up for sale – was a major focus of debate at Monday’s Council meeting, with three motions before the members for discussion.
On the agenda was a motion from Independent councillor Seamus Treanor urging the Council to call on Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton to rescind the decision of IDA Ireland to sell off 18.5 acres at Knockaconny.
Fellow Independent Paudge Connolly put forward an urgent business motion requesting that the Council call on Minister Bruton and the IDA “to withdraw from auction the 18 acres of industrial zoned land at Knockaconny, Armagh Road, Monaghan.”
There was also an urgent business motion from the Sinn Féin grouping which read:
“That this Council notes once again the abysmal failure of successive Governments and the IDA to make any meaningful effort to attract inward investment to County Monaghan.
“That we note with concern the stated intention of the IDA to sell its lands at Knockaconny and believe that it is a clear indication by the Government and IDA that they have no intention of promoting or supporting foreign direct investment in our county.
“We call on the IDA to reverse their decision to sell this land and we call on the Government to direct the IDA to include Monaghan in its list of counties which it promotes to potential investors.
“In the event that it is clear that the IDA has no intention of changing its long standing policy of ignoring County Monaghan and intends to proceed with the sale, the members of Monaghan County Council hereby call on our Acting County Manager to meet with the IDA with a view to securing the ownership of the land in question by Monaghan County Council, which can then be utilised by the Council for the economic development of our county.”
After debate on the motions, all of which were passed unanimously, Acting Co Manager David Fallon told the members that the proposals accorded with the Council executive’s approach and policy on this issue. He assured the members that he would be in touch with the IDA as soon as possible on the matter.
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