Today the Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Committee heard a presentation by the Irish Exporters’ Association which highlighted the disproportionate part played by foreign direct investment (FDI) companies in the export figures.
Central to maximising the benefit of exports to the economy is the need to develop and promote the indigenous companies. At the meeting, John Whelan of the Irish Exporters’ Association raised a concern that the proposals to end the County Enterprise Boards without having a replacement in place was creating an inertia in developing and supporting small local enterprises.
Peadar Tóibín, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said: “It is clear that the government sought to create a headline and announced the ending of the County Enterprise Boards, without having a new body in place.
This has led to a situation in which confusion reigns and local businesses are not being fully supported.
“Certain County Enterprise Boards are without their CEOs and are operating in a no man’s land. It is these businesses and workers who are now paying for the government not having a replacement body up and working while the County Enterprise Boards are run down.”
Peadar Toibín added: “Again this is actions of a government more interested empty spin than in creating jobs. There is a pressing need for the Minister of State for Small Business to account for the mess his department is creating.”