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Sinn Féin say Amgen announcement no surprise - Cllr. Martin Hallinan

4 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Councillor Martin Hallinan has today expressed disappointment at the Amgen announcement which he described as no surprise to the community. Cllr. Hallinan has called on Minister Micheal Martin and the IDA to deliver on their promises to provide jobs for the Youghal and East Cork region.


Councillor Hallinan said:


“While I am disappointed at the announcement by Amgen to postpone indefinitely their plans to come to Carrigtwohill, I am not at all surprised.  Even the dogs in the street were aware that this decision was coming down the line. 


“It was only pre election cynicism by the Minister Micheal Martin and the IDAthat had them insisting that it was still on track.  Their only response to the demands by Cork County Council for more job development in the region was Amgen, Amgen, Amgen”


“Now that that red herring is out of the way, perhaps they will get down to the business of creating real job opportunities in hard hit spots like Youghal and Cobh.”


“Last March Cork County Council passed a motion, put by me, calling on the Minister and the IDA to concentrate on creating local employment.  Cork County Council was very clear in its demand that Youghal and Cobh be looked at specifically for job creation. 


“The motion was passed in the context of other motions referring to North Cork, the central demand being that we wanted to see job creation decentralised.  Towns which have industries and employment in them prosper.  More money is spent there and more businesses develop.  People in Youghal and Cobh, and for that matter, towns like Mitchelstown and Mallow do not want to become merely dormitory towns feeding workers into Cork City and its surrounds.”


“The Minister knows well what we are talking about.  We have put it to him in the form of motions, letters and in face to face meetings.  We want government to deliver jobs, by ways of infrastructure, improvements and policy changes.  They have not delivered but have overseen the decimation of the industrial base in Cobh and Youghal.”


“We want to see jobs decentralised as far as possible across Co Cork.  We want people to be able to work in their own towns, not for workers to be leaving their families early in the morning and arriving home late in the evening.  We want action on this, not mealy mouthed words. It is time the Minister and the IDAproduced results not excuses.” CRÍOCH


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