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    Schuhart Schuhart is offline

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    Government to remove Shannon restrictions

    I hate spin. Particularly, but not exclusively, spin about Shannon.
    The government has agreed new draft legislation which will remove restrictions on the IDA and Enterprise Ireland from operating in the Shannon Free Zone. The new legislation, which will be published by the end of the year, is part of a series of reforms announced by the government earlier this year which aim to create a new world-class aviation industry in Shannon.
    Government Announces Masterplan For Shannon ~ The Clare Herald In order to deliver this it is necessary to remove the restriction contained in the Industrial Development Act 1986 on Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland carrying out enterprise development functions in the Shannon Free Zone (SFZ).
    This talk of “restriction” is clearly aimed at creating the impression that there has been some discrimination against Shannon. It might be worth recalling some of the debate at the time when the Industrial Development Bill was going through the Oireachtas, to give just a little background to this “restriction”.
    Dáil Eireann - 04/Mar/1986 Industrial Development Bill, 1985: Second Stage (Resumed).

    I would say to this Government or to any Government that any attempt to diminish SFADCo by reducing their role or mandate in any way will be resisted by every political organisation and representative in the mid-west region. There is no doubt, as those of us who are close to the scene are aware, that there are concerted efforts by tourist interests and others — and I am saying Fine Gael Deputies from Cork who seem, at somebody's behest to be mounting a campaign against the Shannon Development Company. This, to my mind, is scandalous because the Shannon Development Company are the only effective regional development authority who have received international acclaim and recognition in training people from the Third World on how to enter into areas of public administration, on how to run and develop regions in their own countries. They have been acknowledged by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development as a model of their kind. Their raison d'être is to generate greater traffic through Shannon Airport.
    Maybe it’s a good idea to extinguish Shannon Development. Maybe the Mid-West will do better with its industrial development needs clearly centralized in a Dublin-based national authority, with a branch office in the region, rather than by having its own regional authority managed within the region, crossing over with IDA and EI, as at present.

    But let’s say that, if it is the case. Let’s have the policy debate around the issue in play, not over some spin about “restrictions”. In the past, let’s recall, the Shannon regime contained fairly heavy restriction. But not for Shannon.
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    Again, this spin that's mildly suggesting that, in some way, Shannon was excluded from something.
    IDA to take the reins at Shannon Free Zone - Business - Limerick Leader
    Under Government plans announced in May, the indigenous and foriegn direct investment job creation functions of Shannon Development are to be respectively transferred to Enterprise Ireland and the IDA. The agency’s land assets are to be merged over time into a new commercial state enterprise responsible for Shannon Airport - independent of the DAA.
    The Industrial Development Act 1986 currently prevents the IDA and Enterprise Ireland from seeking to nurture new business in the Shannon Free Zone but Minister Bruton has announced that that is about to change.
    So, presumably, IDA should have had nothing to do with this
    IDA Ireland welcomes
    Shannon, 27th February 2009 - IDA Ireland today welcomes the announcement that Intel will invest over €50 million in a major expansion at its Research and Development facility in the Shannon Free Zone in Co. Clare, with the support of Shannon Development. <...>
    Winning this prestigious investment is the result of collaboration between Shannon Development and IDA Ireland.
    While, Enterprise Ireland actually has it's regional office in the Shannon Free Zone
    Directions to Westpark, Shannon - Enterprise Ireland
    Enterprise Ireland's National Regional Headquarters is located in Westpark, Shannon Free Zone West, Shannon, Co Clare.
    Shannon Development - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Shannon Development also acts as a landlord for many companies in the region. Companies that qualify, pay rent to Shannon Development. In return the company can apply for Enterprise Ireland grant funding through Shannon Development.
    Seriously, why does our politics and public deliberation naturally gravitate to obfustication? If the regional model failed, why not just say so?
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    Would you believe - the Limerick Post actually make a reasonable stab of just describing what's happening. No comment on how Shannon Development, overnight, goes from being the most successful regional development agency in the history of the world and the model on which China based its strategy, to becoming last year's winner of the X Factor. But that might be too much to expect. Fair play on at least setting the facts out
    First steps in delivering new Shannon plan agreed

    Central to that plan was the decision to merge Shannon Airport and Shannon Development into a new entity and to transfer Shannon Development’s functions in relation to indigenous enterprise and foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Shannon Free Zone to Enterprise Ireland and the IDA.

    Part of the reforms previously announced was to task IDA and Enterprise Ireland with carrying out enterprise development functions in the Shannon Free Zone, in addition to their existing enterprise development functions throughout the Shannon region. In addition, the agencies will develop a plan for the delivery of enterprise supports in the Shannon region.

    In order to deliver this it is necessary to remove a restriction contained in the Industrial Development Act 1986. The Government this week agreed to the drafting of new legislation to remove this restriction.
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