Sinn Féin Enterprise spokesperson Arthur Morgan said that balanced regional development and job creation are key priorities for Sinn Féin. He said that the failure to invest in infrastructure and the roll out of broadband across the state has been an impediment to job creation in many counties, particularly in the West of Ireland and border counties. He said that instead of engaging in deeply reckless auction politics, what is needed is an honest debate about what is required to build a strong and vibrant economy in the coming decade - one which serves the people.
Deputy Morgan said: "Over the last few weeks we have seen the establishment parties trying to outdo each other in engaging in the most reckless type of auction politics. Each and every one of them has promised massive tax cuts along with increased and improved public services and investment in infrastructure. This simply does not add up no matter what way you look at it.
"Sinn Féin's position on all of this is clear. We are not going to slash the finance available to the government. We are going to ensure that this money is spent wisely and in the public interest. Our priority is to continue to build a strong and vibrant economy so that we can provide strong public services and social protections. We will invest in infrastructure, Research and Development and broadband roll out to ensure that job creation is encouraged right across the state.
"The government's failure to invest in infrastructure and broadband roll out across the state has been an impediment to job creation in many counties, particularly in the West of Ireland and border counties and has ensured that manufacturing jobs lost in rural areas are not being replaced with new industry. Sinn Féin would introduce a package of measures aimed specifically at supporting and developing indigenous enterprise. We would continue to encourage more Foreign Direct Investment but give the same type of supports to small and medium businesses. We would also support agriculture which provides 20% of all jobs outside of the public sector. Other measures we would introduce includeproposals to pre-emptively up-skill workers vulnerable to future jobs-losses anda specific Redundancy to Entrepreneurship scheme to assist workers who have become redundant to establish their own businesses." ENDS