Cliff Taylor: Time for the IDA to spread its success North

We could have an all-Ireland offering if it shared its secrets of how to attract FDI

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan presides over an agency with an extraordinary record of attracting investment. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan presides over an agency with an extraordinary record of attracting investment. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

The rest of the public service know that it is not wise to pick a fight with IDA Ireland. The body responsible for attracting foreign investment here is a powerful force in setting policy in a whole range of areas, based on its extraordinary record of attracting jobs to Ireland.

What it wants it usually gets. And that is because it delivers.

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