Regional imbalance between the West and the rest when it comes to jobs gains – O Clochartaigh
Speaking at the joint committee on jobs, enterprise and employment, Sinn Fein Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh welcomed the growth in employment and exports recorded last year by Enterprise Ireland.
Senator O’Clochartaigh said:
“When one considers the current state of our economy and the many difficulties businesses face on an almost daily basis, the work of Enterprise Ireland is of the utmost important if we are to create sustainable indigenous employment.
“However, while I welcome the report, it does bring to the fore a number of important regional anomalies, that as of yet remain unexplained.
“For example, the figures show a clear regional imbalance between the west and the rest of the country when it comes to job gains. And while the region has below average unemployment, nonetheless, we need to know what the factors are behind such minimal growth.
“It would obviously help if we also knew the spend per region in terms of job creation, and what steps the government plans to take to redress this regional imbalance. In terms of job creation, this is all about uneven regional development, and this is an extremely worrying trend indeed.”