The Chief Executive of IDA Ireland has defended his organisation’s role in promoting Waterford along with its efforts to stimulate new employment in the city.
In a statement issued to The Munster Express, Barry O’Leary said that the IDA is “battling with an increasing number of countries around the world to win and retain foreign direct investment (FDI)”.
Mr O’Leary also referred to the 66 IDA client companies in the south east, which employ 12,600 people, with “almost 50 per cent of those in Waterford city and county”.
He added: “Global companies have a strong presence in Waterford such as Genzyme in the biotechnology sector, Talk Talk with a large contact centre, Sun Life Financial with a software development and technical support centre, Bausch and Lomb in medical technology, high tech manufacturing and R&D to name but a few of IDA’s clients.”