New jobs to be welcomed but 33,400 lost in last year
Peadar Tóibin, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said:
“This week Kerrygold announced 800 jobs and a further 400 in construction and today Paddy Power announced a further 800 jobs.
“These are to welcomed and demonstrate the potential for Irish enterprise. However we also have the closures of Olhausen plants with the loss of 160 jobs. This is due to the collapse in the domestic market.
“Last year the Taoiseach told us that the Action Plan for Jobs would create 100,000 additional jobs by 2016. It is clearly not working. Over the past year 33,400 net jobs have been lost to the economy and 87,000 people emigrated.
“Kerrygold and Paddy Power demonstrate what Irish business can achieve in the face of adverse economic conditions and policies. We believe that more can be achieved by policies that will put job creation to the fore, that build economic growth and the support enterprise.
“We believe that the potential exist for many more Paddy Powers and Kerrygolds. We believe that with the right policies good products such as Olhausen could and should be supported.
“Today we will launch a policy document that will build on the strength of Irish enterprise and demonstrate that with the political will the government can deliver 156,000 additional jobs.”