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Offaly jobs fear highlights need to encourage indigenous enterprise – Morgan

26 May, 2010

Speaking today in reaction to both the creation of 200 jobs in Galway and the potential loss of 200 jobs in Offaly, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Arthur Morgan said Ireland’s exposure to global economy shocks needs to be reduced and indigenous enterprise should be encouraged.

Deputy Morgan said:

“The West of Ireland has secured 200 jobs after international computer games firm Electronic Arts announced plans to open a European customer service and operations centre in Galway. 200 jobs in an environment of crippling unemployment is a huge feat.

“However the announcement of job creation by the multinational company EA is overshadowed by the potential 200 jobs to be lost at Coviden in Co. Offaly.

“Coviden is central to employment in Tullamore and the impact of job losses will have massive repercussions for the entire region. Considering that Tullamore is a linked gateway in the National Spatial Strategy, the loss of employment in multinationals companies in the region is particularly worrying.

“Foreign Direct Investment has been central in creating employment for the people of this State over the last decade but as we have seen with Dell in Limerick, its future prospects as an employer are uncertain. As I said, we welcome the announcement by EA to create 200 new jobs in Galway; we have the skilled workforce and we are becoming a strong digital media leader.

“However, the lesson of the current crisis is that we need to be more proactive and farseeing in economic planning. The economy’s exposure to global economy shocks needs to be reduced. Sustainable economic roots must be put down. The creation of new employment opportunities using indigenous resources needs to be prioritised. We need the infrastructure to encourage indigenous enterprise and to position indigenous enterprises to become leaders in creating employment opportunities across the State.

“We need the Government to take heed of our calls for greater supports for indigenous enterprise.” ENDS

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