TULLAMORE Town Council has called for a meeting with the IDA to discuss measures being taken to bring new jobs to the town.
In a motion Cllr Brendan Killeavy called on the council to keep pursuing jobs and investment for Tullamore and to request meetings with both the IDA and FAS to seek progression in this area.
“The last meeting with the IDA was in March,” he said and asked when Kelcourt Plastics, which took over the Boston Scientific Plant, would be advertising the 55 jobs promised.
He said jobs had recently been announced for Athlone and Roscommon and that councillors should keep doing what they can to get new jobs into Tullamore.
“It’s no harm to keep our hand in the till,” said Cllr Tommy McKeigue.
Cllr Sinead Dooley added that at present there was no IDA regional manager and she would be concerned that they would not be replaced.
Cllr Tony McCormack paid tribute to Tullamore woman Gillian Maunsell who has moved on from the IDA. “She put a lot of effort in and without her we mightn’t have Kelcourt Plastics. We need someone batting for us in the region. We have to keep the pressure on,” he said.
Cllr McKeigue said there wasn’t enough being done in terms of apprenticeship programmes.