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Indigenous business in East Cork must be developed - Morgan

15 December, 2007


Following an employment and enterprise fact finding mission to Cobh and Youghal Sinn Féin TD and Economic Spokesperson Arthur Morgan this weekend called on government to get behind the development of indigenous business in East Cork.

Deputy Morgan said:

"Cork has approximately 15,846 people on the live register; this is the second highest county figure in the country after Dublin.

“Youghal and Cobh particularly have been dealt a number of blows this year on the employment front. The loss of jobs in companies such as Elba and Breeo has been demoralising for the county.

“On taking over the Economic portfolio from my colleague Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD and in turn securing my membership on the Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment I emphasised that Sinn Féin is committed to taking the work of the Dáil into communities.

“If Dáil representation is to deliver for ordinary people then we need to take the work of the Committee outside of the Dáil. During the first meeting of the committee I proposed that the Committee meet with business, worker representatives and the community themselves in economic blackspots so that our work could be better informed. The Committee accepted my proposal and will visit Easy Cork in the New Year.

“"It is also my strong view that as we enter into an economic slowdown it is vitally important that government take a robust and action orientated approach to job creation. Opposition parties must be to the fore in this demand.

“My meetings with Cobh Chamber of Commerce and the President and Branch Secretary of SIPTU were very useful. I was particularly struck by government’s failure to secure industry development for East Cork. It is evident that East Cork has not become an economic blackspot by accident.

“It appears on clinching the deal with Amgen government sat on its laurels with no sense of urgency that the deal needed to be built on to so as to ensure the region’s economic viability into the future.

"However a very clear and productive message came out of all meetings, the need to develop indigenous industry throughout the region. What we must now ensure is that the Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment fully understands the challenges facing small businesses and how government can best alleviate these pressures?

“We must also deepen our understanding of what additional supports small and medium sized enterprises need to expand their workforce and improve their growth prospects." CRÍOCH

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