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Sinn Féin TD to draw up jobs report for Oireachtas Employment Committee

1 July, 2009

Sinn Féin’s Economic spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD was today appointed by the Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment to draw up a report for the committee on ‘What is required to expand employment in the agri-food sector’.

Speaking following the committee meeting Morgan said:

“The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment today appointed me as rapporteur for the committee in drawing up a report on ‘What is required to expand in the employment agri-food sector’. As unemployment hits record levels it is crucial that this committee plays its part in bringing forward concrete proposals regarding the steps that need to be taken to create new jobs.

“It is time to move beyond generalised proposals in relation to job creation. We need to be looking at a number of key sectors in detail and bringing forward strategies to create jobs in these sectors. The government is failing badly in this regard as the 413,000 now out of work know only too well.

“The agri-food sector is one of the potential growth sectors in the economy. It is clear that with the right interventions and support jobs can be created in this sector. Expanding this sector of the economy will also ensure that there is market for the produce of our farmers and fishermen.

“Processing food here rather than exporting raw materials will also add more value to our economy. We need to be exploiting our clean green image and developing new products for a changing market. We need to be introducing more research and development and using new technologies to enable this sector to expand.

“It is my intention to consult widely and take submissions from those involved in the sector over the summer. This is something I am particularly interested in, not least because of my own background in running a family enterprise in the fish processing sector. It is my intention to present this report to the Enterprise and Employment Committee in the autumn.” ENDS

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