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Ferris describes meeting with IDA as “focussed and workmanlike”

18 April, 2008

Today's meeting in Tralee between three North Kerry Oireachtas members and the IDA has been described as being extremely focussed and workmanlike. The meeting, which was organised by Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris to discuss the jobs situation in North Kerry, was also attended by Deputy Jimmy Deenihan and Senator Ned O'Sullivan and lasted more than an hour and half.

Speaking after the meeting Deputy Ferris said that he was happy with the meeting and that a lot of issues were discussed. He said that there was recognition by the IDA that Kerry had suffered from serious job losses and needed to be prioritised for Foreign Direct Investment. He also announced that the North Kerry Oireachtas members were going to look for a meeting with the NRA and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

Deputy Ferris said:

"Today's meeting with the IDA was extremely focussed and workmanlike and I am happy that the members of the IDA who were present left the meeting with a clear view of what this county needs in terms of job creation. We discussed several issues including the promotion of Kerry abroad, the many positives that we have to offer and of course some of the deficits that exist with the county's infrastructure.

"There was recognition that North Kerry, which has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, would have to be prioritised in terms of both attracting investment and improving our infrastructure and particularly our road network. My North Kerry colleagues and I have agreed to request a meeting with the NRA to try and ensure that major projects such as the Castleisland and Tralee by-passes are progressed speedily and we will also look to meet both the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and the Minister for Transport to garner support at cabinet level.

"It is clear that the three elected members who were present are committed to trying to address the jobs situation in North Kerry, but what we now need is a commitment from the government.

"It was also agreed that today's meeting would be the first in a serious of meetings and I hope that this will ensure that Kerry gets its fair share of investment." ENDS

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