IDA Job Creation – Kerry remains Corks poor relation
North Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris commenting on figures released by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment showing that only 1 IDA supported company set up in Kerry in the last five years compared to the thirty that set up in Cork, said this is further proof, if any was needed, that Kerry doesn't figure on this governments list of priorities.
Deputy Ferris said, "Following on from my comments last week about the loss of jobs in Tralee, these figures are hardly surprising given this government's record in Kerry over the last 10 years. The fact that only one IDA supported company set up in this county in the last five years while 30 companies set up in Cork during the same period is further proof, if any was needed, that Kerry doesn't figure on this governments list of priorities.
"While other counties enjoyed the success of the huge economic growth over the last 10 years, Kerry was effectively cut off. And we are now beginning to really suffer the effects of this government's neglect with the definite loss of jobs at the Tillotson factory in Tralee and, as I stated last week, the possible loss of other manufacturing jobs in the town. With little possibility of replacement jobs being found and the slow down in the construction sector, it's time for serious intervention in Co. Kerry.
"While the unemployment figures throughout many parts of Kerry have been well and above the national average, if it hadn't been for the boom in construction, those figures would have been through the roof.
"I would like to hear what our government TDs have to say about this. They seem quite willing to clamber all over each other to welcome even the paltriest announcement of funding, yet they are nowhere to be seen or heard when it really matters." ENDS
Table showing the number of IDA supported companies that set up in Counties Cork and Kerry in each of the years 2002 to 2007.