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.”

Munster Shocked At Nash’s Ignoring of Drogheda

Minister for Jobs Ged Nash ignores hometown as Drogheda Left Out of 150 Million Investment in National Enterprise Policy 2015-2025

Imelda Munster at deskSinn 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.”