Government failing to get Ireland back to work
On a visit to Kilkenny today, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said that with the rapidly rising unemployment figures the government urgently needed to deliver a job retention and creation strategy. Mr. Adams criticised the government for failing to deliver a strategy to get Irelandback to work.
The Sinn Féin President said:
"The Government's approach to the current job losses must change. Central to this new approach must be the frontloading of critical infrastructure projects and the fast tracking of business start-ups. We also need to grow our indigenous export market. We need to rebuild the Irish economy.
"Kilkenny has been hit with a number job losses and factory closures recently. Seventy jobs have been lost at NN Euroball (a ball-bearing manufacturing plant) which ceased production on 6 February.
“Diageo announced last year that it would close the Kilkenny brewery in 2012 or 2013, along with its operations in Dundalk, in a restructuring plan that would centralise operations in Dublin.
“Last month came the shock news for over 200 employees at Galmoy Mines that the facility is to wind down its operations within months. Initially, it was announced that the mines would phase out activity within four years. That has now been reduced to two, commencing this May.
“Coupled with all this the collapse of the construction industry has hit Kilkenny as it has other places across Ireland.
"There has been an increase in unemployment in Kilkenny of 2,607 people in the past 12 months. With unemployment across the state now reaching a scale not seen in many, many years the primary goal of the Government's economic recovery plan must be to safeguard the livelihoods of low and middle income workers and to urgently deliver a job retention and creation strategy.
“The IDAand EnterpriseIrelandneed to make Kilkenny Citya priority and increase incentives for local businesses here.
“Sinn Féin also believes in the necessity and viability of a new university for the South East with a campus in Kilkenny City. Too many young people have had to leave Kilkenny to study and work and they are not returning. We must stem the 'brain drain' from this region.
“A university campus in Kilkenny would also have the potential to attract research and development facilities to the city and it is in this field that much potential lies in developing the Irish economy of the future.” ENDS