Munster welcomes announcement of SNA allocations in coming days

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has today received confirmation from the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton TD, that Special Needs Assistants (SNA) allocations will be published in the coming days.

Deputy Munster asked Minister Bruton in the Dáil chamber when SNAs would be informed of their job status for the coming school year. In previous years SNA allocations were not made public until July, which left hundreds of SNAs unsure of their employment status when they finished work for the summer.

Deputy Munster said:

“The unions balloted on this issue and 97% of the membership voted in favour of industrial action over this issue. A deal was struck where the Minister committed to publishing the allocations earlier this year, and in the coming years and plans for industrial action were halted.”

“Given that we are now in the middle of May, there were concerns that SNAs would be left waiting for this information again this year.”

“This afternoon when I questioned the Minister he confirmed that the allocations would be published in the coming days, which is very positive news for SNAs.”

“It is a pity that industrial action has to be threatened for the Minister to move on a matter as important as this.”

“It is cruel to leave workers in limbo each year. It leads to huge uncertainty and worry for SNAs, who do invaluable work in the education sector.”

Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú Welcomes Dundalk Jobs Boost

Martin Tedham (Wasdell CEO), Cllr Ó Murchú & Mark Daly (Wasdell Project Manager)

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has welcomed 300 new jobs to Dundalk. Cllr Ó Murchú who attended the IDA announcement in Crowne Plaza said:

“This is a welcome boost for Dundalk from Wasdell, a pharmaceutical packaging company. There will be a wide variety of jobs available at all levels: IT, management, Human Resources, production etc. They will be seeking suppliers to make contact immediately and are wasting no time in seeing this project get underway.”

The timescale for the company to begin will be quite soon. Cllr Ó Murchú said “They will start building in March and should be ready by October and then these initial 300 jobs will commence with a possibility of expanding later to 500 jobs.”

“With the upcoming challenges of Brexit we know the border areas will be detrimentally affected so this news today is very welcome.”

Louth missing out on FDI jobs – Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has described recent figures on IDA jobs created in Louth and the Border Region as “deeply depressing”. Information provided by the Minister for Jobs in respect of IDA investment raises real concerns about the disparity in such jobs across the state but especially in the Border Region.

Gerry Adams said: “Border counties fare particularly badly in the provision of IDA supported jobs and with the Brexit already having an adverse impact on the economy, that situation could get worse without proper planning and funding by government.”

Teachta Adams said:

“Earlier this week my colleague Maurice Quinlivan identified serious gaps in the provision of IDA backed jobs across the state based on responses he received to Parliamentary Questions.

When analysed and set again the recent census population numbers it emerged that there is 1 IDA supported job for every 23 citizens in the state. However, this statistic varies significantly depending on where you live. For example, Galway and Cork top the list for most IDA jobs per capita, with 1 job for every 15 people, followed by Dublin with 1 job for every 16 people.

“Those living in the six border region counties, including Louth, are between two and five times worse off than areas like Dublin and Cork. The disparity for Monaghan is 1 job for every 447 people. For Donegal it is 1 job – 52 people. Cavan is 1 job – 63 people. Louth is 1 job for 35 people. Sligo is 1 job for every 28 people and Monaghan is 1 job for every 447 people.

“In Dublin, 9,000 new jobs were added in 2016, but in Louth the figure was 453. In Sligo the net gain was 190. In Cavan it was 41. In Leitrim it was 3. In Donegal it was 145. While in Monaghan the number of IDA jobs created in 2016 was 7.

“That means the six acknowledged border counties secured a miserly net gain of 839 IDA supported jobs in the border county out of 18,627 IDA backed jobs across the state in 2016.

“The IDA does huge work in creating new jobs. Over the decades it has proven itself to be an invaluable agency in attracting investment into the state. However, there is a huge imbalance in the distribution of these jobs across the state. The responsibility for this must rest with the government. It must ensure that investment and jobs are evenly distributed throughout the state and especially between large urban centres and rural and border regions.

“Border counties fare particularly badly in this analysis and, with the Brexit already having an adverse impact on the economy, that situation could get worse without proper planning and funding by government.”

Note: Please note IDA Jobs (2016) is total number of IDA jobs in each county in that year.


Imelda Munster Welcomes Jobs to Drogheda

Imelda Munster white coatSinn Féin TD for Louth & East Meath, Imelda Munster,  has welcomed the news that MTI Global Services is to set up its European headquarters in Drogheda. The company will operate from the Market Plaza Building on Magdalene Street. The IDA supported business has its headquarters in Oregon, USA and the Drogheda office will have a work force of 150 jobs.

“I am pleased at the news this morning that MTI Global Services intends to create 150 jobs in Drogheda,  the company specialises in mobile device display technologies and was founded in 1977 operates in over 90 countries worldwide.

“The creation of jobs is always good news but especially in the heart of the town which will have a knock-on effect with other businesses in the area.

There is a well-educated and talented workforce here in Drogheda area and the infrastructural links are unrivalled.”

‘Loss of E-bay will reverberate through local economy’ – Adams

DSC_3254_6510Responding to reports that eBay is set to close its Dundalk base in 2017, Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams said;

“This is dreadful news for the staff of eBay and their families.  I have spoken to the Minister for Jobs, Mary Mitchell O’Connor today and I encouraged her and her Department to engage with the workers to ensure that they are fairly treated.

“The fact that eBay has decided to cease its Dundalk operations completely is very worrying.   The loss of these jobs will reverberate throughout the local economy.  I understand that Paypal may be expanding their operations in Dundalk and I will be making representations to them to consider employing workers from eBay.”