Anne-Marie Tierney-Le Roux’s appointment as IDA Regional Manager for the South East is already having a positive impact.
“Even in the short time she has been in place things have really improved from the point of coordination and communications," says John.
“Before her position was created, the local economic development officials and the IDA had ceased sharing information on matters such as company itineraries.
“Having that kind of individual presence at that senior level in Waterford was always going to be important when it comes to attracting potential investors, and it seems to be working out that way.”
John lobbied for the reinstatement of the role to Waterford and publicly challenged Minister Richard Bruton to reverse his decision to locate an IDA director in Cork in the mid-nineties covering the south of the country.