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Sinn Féin lead Oireachtas Committee on employment fact finding mission in East Cork - Morgan

22 January, 2008

Following a proposal late last year by the Sinn Féin Economic Spokesperson Arthur Morgan the Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment is today concluding a two day visit to East Cork and Waterford to asses what intervention is required by government in regional towns hit by the recent spate of job losses.


Speaking from Mallow Deputy Morgan said:


“Over the last two days the committee has met with various business and enterprise contacts, and also elected representatives in Thurles, Carrick on Suir, Dungarvan, Cappoquin, Youghal, Mallow & Mitchelstown. We’ve engaged with Chambers of Commerce, regional development bodies, County Council management, the IDA, FÁS, Trade Unionists, and RAPID coordinators. We’ve met Powerflow Electronics, Cappoquin chickens, Munster Tool and safety, Horgan’s Delicatessen Supplies and visited the Amgen site.


“Prior to this weeks visit I travelled to Youghal and Cobh in December to meet union representatives, community groups and chambers of commerce to get a feel for the views in the area on what needs to be done to improve employments prospects going forward.


“This week’s fact finding mission is about identifying the reasons for job losses in East Cork. If the work of this Committee is to be of any real value we need to understand the challenges faced by the business and enterprise sectors so that we can formulate constructive proposal.


“Submitting such a proposal following the mission to the Minister of Trade, Enterprise & Employment will be an immediate priority for the Committee; I personally will be vigorously perusing such a commitment. Job creation and sustaining existing employment in vulnerable areas is critical for country. Similar missions must be organised by the committee for other employment black spots such as Donegal and Kerry.  


“Sinn Féin’s local organisation led by its elected representatives, with the support of the Dáil and Seanad team, intend to support this weeks Committee initiative by building on the discussions and engagements. We want to work with the business community and the people of East Cork to end the employment and social consequences of government neglect.” CRÍOCH

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