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Ferris raises failure to tackle employment crisis in Kerry

7 February, 2008

Speaking in the Dáil this morning Kerry North Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris raised the issue of unemployment in the county. Deputy Ferris spoke on the rising levels of joblessness and the failure of the IDA to attract new investment.

Deputy Ferris said: "Already this year Kerry, which has one of the highest national rates of unemployment, has suffered further job losses. Following on those in Denny's, Tillotson's made over 40 people redundant and this has further undermined what used to be a healthy industrial base especially around Tralee.

"These losses and the failure of local people to find employment, has led to the return of emigration as young people in particular take the familiar routes to Britain and the United States which some thought had been closed by the Celtic Tiger. It is clear indeed that job displacement and downward pressures on wages are contributory factors to this phenomenon.

"In response to the jobs crisis I have repeatedly asked the Government what the IDA is doing to attract new jobs to Kerry. Very little it would seem, despite previous commitments to do so and despite the attractions offered by the presence within the county of the Technology Park and a pool of young people with the relevant qualifications from the Institute of Technology." ENDS

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