Sinn Féin‘s Senator David Cullinane has called call on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton to strategically intervene in the jobs crisis in the south east.
Speaking at the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Senator Cullinane said:
“I welcome the Minister’s comment that he is concerned about the unemployment situation in the south east.
“But the bottom line is that the government has a responsibility to put in place structures if it is serious about addressing the region’s underdevelopment.
“The south east needs a regional IDA office with a director located in Waterford.
“We need government intervention in the form of dark fibre broadband, a level playing pitch when it comes to access to regional grant aid and a technical university.
“What is happening at the Bausch + Lomb factory is extremely worrying and it is not acceptable that a city the size of Waterford is starved of jobs and dependent on a handful of multinationals. “
“The IDA has not delivered for Waterford or for the south east.
“The Minister must act as a matter of urgency.
“We are now at the stage where high level government intervention is required.
“We need a regional strategy that will deliver sustainable jobs and growth.
“We need a joined up plan and a commitment from government to implement it and give it the priority it deserves.”