Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny TD pictured with Guide Dog Nikita while placing a charity bet that Fine Gael would take more than 70 seats in the 2011 General Election. Proceeds on the bet benefited Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
The IDA was founded in '49 - the Industrial Development Authority. Introduced by FG Min Dan Morrissey, Minister for Industry and Commerce in the first inter-party government of 1948, it was central to the industrialisation & advancements in the economy. In contemporary society, many countries have established organisations mirrored on the Irish model, to help introduce & increase Foreign Direct Investment.