Minister for Jobs Ged Nash ignores hometown as Drogheda Left Out of 150 Million Investment in National Enterprise Policy 2015-2025
Sinn Fein Cllr Imelda Munster has expressed shock at the government’s failure to include Drogheda in the National Enterprise Policy for the roll out of a 5 year 150 million capital investment programme to help attract more foreign investment and jobs into each region.
Speaking today Imelda Munster said “This programme will include investments over the coming years in building, advanced manufacturing and office facilities in Dundalk, Sligo, Tralee, Castlebar, Galway, Limerick, Athlone, Carlow and Waterford. I am shocked at this news given firstly that Drogheda is Ireland’s largest town but more importantly because it has been pointed out by Padraig White from the Louth Economic Forum, that the reason Drogheda is continuously passed over for IDA investment is because of the lack of suitable office and manufacturing facilities in the town”.
Cllr Munster pointed out the need for just this type of investment in Drogheda.
“It is incredible to think that given that Drogheda with all of its potential and its enviable location in proximity to the airport and motorway has once again has been ignored by this government when it comes to investment in the infrastructure needed to encourage foreign direct investment to stimulate job creation in Drogheda”.
Imelda Munster said that “the government and in particular local government TDs Ged Nash and Fergus O Dowd had a golden opportunity here to insist that Drogheda be included in this 5 year roll out of €150 million capital investment programme in building the advanced manufacturing and office facilities that Drogheda desperately needs for them to compete fairly within the county and even within the country and they have failed, once again, to deliver and stand up for Drogheda”.
The Sinn Fein Cllr said “we need to stimulate job creation, to restore jobs lost, to create quality jobs and build a recovery that benefits all and one that most definitely includes Drogheda, the largest town in Ireland.”