Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has described the news that Honeywell Process Solutions is to close with the loss of 27 jobs as another body blow for Waterford. He said the unemployment crisis in Waterford is serious and urged the Government to do much more.
Speaking today Senator Cullinane said:
“Today’s announcement of the closure of Honeywell Process Solutions is sad news for the 27 workers who will lose their jobs and their families. It is painful to see more job losses in our city. The unemployment crisis in Waterford is unsustainable and dangerous. It should not be tolerated.
“While the Government cannot be blamed for the job losses at any individual company, they can be blamed for failing to act in the face of dangerously high levels of unemployment.
“Last year I published the South East Economic Development Strategy. It set out a vision for the Southeast. The report urged action on all fronts and a cohesive multi-agency response to help create and sustain jobs. Waterford and the Southeast need a suite of inter-agency interventions but it is simply not getting it.
“What is maddening is that more could be done. We lack the necessary clout at Government level and this is holding the city and county back. We need the University of the Southeast now. We need an urgent economic development strategy now. We need a level playing field to ensure Waterford has the same level of Regional Grant Aid as Galway now. We need expansion of the airport, a strategy for our port and the roll out of dark fibre (Broadband) network across the city and county.
“I am calling on the Government to stop promising and start delivering for Waterford before it is too late.”