Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane is to hold consultation meetings across the Southeast on behalf of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation as part of drafting a Jobs Action Plan for the region.
The process will involve meeting dozens of groups including business leaders, trade unions, community groups, educational providers, the unemployed and sectoral interest groups. Senator Cullinane will present a draft Jobs Action Plan for the Southeast to the committee in June that will recommend clear and realistic interventions and actions which need to be made to help create jobs in the region.
Speaking today Senator Cullinane said:
“The percentage on the live register for the Southeast is 19.7%, nearly 25% above the average for the state, which is 14.8%. In Waterford alone some 15,000 people are unemployed. We need to properly examine why Waterford and the Southeast is underperforming. We need to look at legacy issues and problems within the region. We need to look to the Enterprise Agencies and challenge them on their lack of investment in the region. Crucially we need to identify what special and unique interventions need to be made in the region.
“In the next few months I will be travelling across the region meeting with city and county managers, the Southeast Regional Authority, city & county Enterprise Boards, Enterprise Ireland, the IDA, trade unions, trades councils, chambers of commerce, business organisations, local development and Leader companies, community groups, farming and fishing groups, the unemployed, elected representatives, educational providers, training and recruitment agencies and tourist bodies.
“It will be challenging but hopefully productive. The objective is to develop a Jobs Action Plan for the Southeast which is solution oriented and provides credible, realistic and deliverable proposals on how to create jobs and overcome challenges in the region.”