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Prospect of more job losses in Tralee – Ferris calls for urgent meeting with IDA

23 January, 2008


Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris is calling on the IDA to meet with North Kerry's four Oireachtas members to discuss the continuing jobs crisis in the area. Deputy Ferris made his comments following information he received that two major manufacturing companies in the town could be on the verge of re-locating. He said that if this information is accurate it would be disastrous to the town which has already seen a serious haemorrhage of jobs in recent years.

Deputy Ferris said, "I am calling on the IDA to meet with the North Kerry Oireachtas members to discuss the continuing crisis in the employment front. Numbers on the Live Register continue to grow. Worryingly according to the latest Live Register the Tralee area has now more than 3200 signing on and Listowel has seen a significant rise in the numbers on the Live Register.

"It is well established that North Kerry and indeed Kerry as a whole is on the periphery when it comes to inward investment and investment in our infrastructure. The IDA should now ensure that Kerry is put on its list of priorities for the foreseeable future. North Kerry offers huge potential with probably the best quality of lifestyle in the state.

"Furthermore, if information I have received is accurate two major manufacturing companies located in Tralee may be on the verge of re-locating. Tralee has already seen a serious haemorrhage of jobs in recent years and the loss of further industries would be disastrous to the town and to the county as a whole. Despite the unprecedented growth we have seen in our economy over the past decade, outside of the construction sector North Kerry has seen very little in terms of inward investment and the Fianna Fáil led government must bare responsibility for that. ENDS

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