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Action not words needed to create jobs in Waterford – Cullinane

12 September, 2011

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane will meet the Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Richard Bruton today, to discuss job losses at Talk Talk in Waterford.

Speaking in advance of the meeting, Senator Cullinane said that it is vitally important that we get action.

He said the job losses have dealt a staggering blow to Waterford and that people are demanding the government act to protect and save jobs.

Senator Cullinane said:

“I welcome Minister Bruton to Waterford. I hope that this is not just another visit or another meeting. I hope the minister is here to listen and to act. Waterford is reeling from job losses.

“We need the government to act on their election promises and protect and create jobs.

“We need the enterprise agencies to be given the resources and power to create jobs in the city, county and the region. We need innovators and entrepreneurs to be given the tools to start up new businesses. The small to medium and indigenous business sector will be the bedrock of economic recovery. This will only happen if the supports are in place.

“We need Waterford Institute of Technology to be designated as a university in the Southeast. Only a fully fledged, funded and autonomous university will do. Waterford must not be put into the second tier of university provision.”

“We expect the government to protect and assist those who lost their jobs. Like tens of thousands of others across the state these people have families to provide for and mortgages to pay. Now more then ever they need the state to come to their rescue. It is time for the government to support Irish people and not international bondholders.”

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