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Government must get real about jobs crisis - Morgan

1 July, 2010



Responding to the announcement today of 100 new jobs to be created in Galway by US medical devices firm Merit Medical with a €6.7m expansion of its plant in Galway Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment Arthur Morgan has welcomed the creation of new jobs but has said that the Government need to get real about the jobs crisis and put in place comprehensive job retention and creation strategies.

Deputy Morgan said:

“The announcement today of 100 new jobs in Galway by US medical devices firm Merit Medical is welcome, given the fragility of the jobs market at the moment. The further expansion of the life sciences sector in Ireland is evidence that Ireland is to the fore in terms of the quality of the workforce and that we have the human resources required for developing a thriving knowledge economy.

“The creation of 100 new jobs could not come at a better time when, in the last month alone, nearly 6,000 people have signed on. The Government cannot rely on the expansion of firms to create employment in this country. The Government need to be the drivers of change and so far their actions have been inadequate.

“What we need to see is a push by Government to stimulate economic growth and to put in place comprehensive job retention and creation strategies. Indeed, the Minister does not have far to look in terms of solutions to the jobs crisis, as Sinn Féin have put forward countless measures within the last two years that would stem the haemorrhaging of jobs and would create thousands of new ones for the people of this State.

“The Minister and the Government need to get real about the jobs crisis and crunch the numbers: 100 jobs a week will not conciliate the 6,000 additional people a month joining the Live Register. While every little helps, now is the time for grand gestures. We need to see real commitment to job creation and the Smart economy.” ENDS

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