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Fianna Fáil abandons south Donegal unemployed - Doherty

2 June, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking on a motion he secured in the Seanad, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has said that the Government has failed abysmally to create jobs in south Donegal and that the unemployed people there have been abandoned by Fianna Fáil.

Senator Doherty said:

“The issue of job creation and unemployment are close to everyone’s hearts with the country suffering huge job losses over the past two years. Donegal has always had a massive unemployment level, often double the national average and in some areas even three and four times it. It is an issue that never went away in Donegal, now made worse by the economic downturn and the government’s lack of a job creation strategy.

“In response to my motion last night the Minister of State Billy Kelleher referred to the government continually prioritising Donegal. I say this is nonsense. Of the 12 IDA supported companies located in Donegal, only two are located in Donegal South West. They are at the lower end in terms of the number of jobs they provide, welcome though they are. Indeed during Mary Coughlan’s tenure as Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, not a single visit was made by the IDA to Donegal South West.

"The sad reality is that the Fianna Fáil government has failed abysmally to create jobs and has in fact abandoned the people of south Donegal.

“The new Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’Keeffe must ensure that towns in south Donegal, in particular are targeted by IDA Ireland as sites for overseas investment and development. Donegal Town, Bundoran and Ballyshannon need particular investment as they have been badly hit by unemployment.

“I completely reject the view of Fine Gael that all IDA jobs should be located in Dublin and Cork. I believe that the towns in South Donegal that I have mentioned have a great deal to offer.

“Let us consider Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Bundoran and see what these towns have to offer.

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