Offaly TD slams government's record on jobs
Today in Dáil Eireann, Offaly TD Carol Nolan called the Taoiseach to account for government performance on job creation.
Nolan referred to Page 41 of the Programme for Government which states that the “ultimate goal of the new government will be to deliver sustainable full employment. This would mean an extra 200,000 jobs by 2020, of which 135,000 will be outside of Dublin, leading to more people at work than ever before."
Deputy Nolan stated that there is a “serious concern about the high level of unemployment which currently stands at 9.3% in the Midlands and the IDA’s poor record in terms of Job Creation."
"For example, last year in Longford there was a net job loss of 198, with a modest gain of 26 jobs in Offaly and a mere gain of four additional jobs in Laois.”
Pressing Taoiseach Varadkar for a reply Deputy Nolan asked, “How many of the 135,000 jobs outside of Dublin have been created to date? How many of those jobs were created in the Midlands region? And finally, what plan does this Government have to tackle the dismal record of the IDA in terms of it job creation performance in the Midlands region.”
Responding on behalf of the Government Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphries, "failed to acknowledge that there was a problem in the Midlands region or in rural Ireland," according to Nolan.
"She stated that 45% of all IDA and Enterprise Ireland jobs created were outside of the Dublin area and as she could not indicate the number of jobs created in the midlands region she advised Deputy Nolan that she would forward the figures in due course," Nolan explained.