Speaking in the Dail last week, Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy raised the proposed job losses at EJin Birr (formerly Cavanaghs) and called on all Government Agencies to assist the company.
Minister Bruton advised Deputy Corcoran Kennedy that IDA will continue to work with EJ Ireland Access Solutions and is supporting the company in its first R&D activity at the Irish site, specifically on an Innovation Partnership project which the company is undertaking with IComp at the University of Limerick.
This research project will investigate and develop new high performance access solutions utilising polymer composites. EJ in Birr views this project, which has full Corporate support, as very important to its long term sustainability and future prosperity. The successful completion of the project will position the Irish operation strongly to pitch for the opportunity to host any new product development in the composite materials area.
She called on the Government to develop a Regional Enterprise Strategy as a matter of urgency.
“Naturally we all welcome the many job announcements since this Government took office, however, I am concerned that Foreign Direct Investment is going to the cities and urge the development of a Regional Enterprise Strategy to address the fact that some counties have not seen local job creation as yet.
“Offaly has a higher unemployment rate than the national average and the second lowest disposable income in the country. Now that evidence based policy making has become the norm then the evidence is there that action is urgently required,” commented Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.