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Government inaction leaves North West barren of economic prospects - Doherty

30 October, 2007


Sinn Féin Donegal Senator Pearse Doherty has today stated that Seagate Technology’s announcement of over 900 job losses further evidences the unemployment crisis of the North West.


Senator Doherty said:


“In my own constituency of Donegal unemployment now stands at 18%. This is a stark comparison to the national unemployment rate of 4.5%.


“Government failure to proactively plan for the North West’s economic future and its decade long refusal to take pre-emptive action to lessen the impact of expected job losses in the manufacturing industry has left the region barren of economic prospects.


“Job losses in Seagate Technology are another blow to the regions prospects and must be the final knock that makes this government wake up to what needs to be done to address the inequality between Dublin and the rest of the country.


“During today’s launch in Dundalk of a new website for those living and working in border areas Sinn Féin Assembly Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will impress upon 26 county government the importance of an All-Ireland approach to tackling unemployment in the border counties.


“I will be joining my party colleague Arthur Morgan TD and Economic spokesperson at a meeting tomorrow with the Director General of FÁS during which we will discuss how the organisation can better support the training and up-skilling of workers in vulnerable sectors.


“Investment in infrastructure and public services, ready access to education particularly third level, developing indigenous industries, up-skilling and retraining of workers in vulnerable sectors and regular evaluation of industry to pre-empt industry decline or inefficiencies can turn around the fortunes of the North West.


“All we need now to make it happen is the political will of government.” CRÍOCH

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