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Ferris expresses concern over joblessness in Kerry

11 November, 2008 - by Martin Ferris TD

Kerry North TD Martin Ferris succeeded in having the Dáil debate the issue of unemployment in Kerry this evening. Deputy Ferris had moved a Matter on the Adjournment expressing concern over the 78% jump in the jobless figure in the past twelve months. He called on the Government to take immediate steps to address the situation.

Deputy Ferris said: "The latest figures from the CSO are extremely alarming. The overall level of unemployment in Kerry has increased by 78%, from 6,144 in October 2007 to 10,259 last month. In Tralee the figure has jumped from 3,045 to 4,518 while the corresponding figures for Listowel are from 1,038 to 1,843

"Over the past six years I have highlighted the lack of IDA directed investment in Kerry, despite the Technology Park and the ITT, and the fact that the IDA appeared to be devoting little effort to interesting companies in the county.

"I am also struck by the fact that while 21% of people are working for IDA supported companies, more people are actually employed in Kerry by companies established under LEADER and these companies have a 70% success rate. Clearly more needs to be done therefore to promote indigenous enterprise.

"There is also the handicap of not having broadband coverage in many parts of the county - something which is regularly referred to by businesses as an impediment to development and investment." ENDS

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