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Employment stagnates in Border region – Reilly

19 March, 2015

Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly has expressed her worry over the findings from the Nevin Economic Research Institute’s (NERI) Quarterly Economic Observer for Spring 2015.

Senator Reilly said:

“As someone from the Border area, these findings are extremely worrying. That the region stagnated with zero net employment growth in 2014 should be a cause for concern for everyone in Cavan and Monaghan, and the wider Border region. Furthermore, the future doesn’t seem to look any brighter under this government. We need only look at the neighbouring Western region and see employment falling by 2.6% in 2014. That’s a loss of 4,800 jobs in that region in 2014 alone.”

“The government continue to tell us that we are well on the way to recover, however, all the facts point out that this recovery is Dublin-centric. In fact, NERI has shown that 94.2% of the net employment growth across the 26 counties has been in Dublin and feeder counties.”

“On top of this, the Border region, along with the West, South-West, and South-East, all saw a decline in labour force. Indeed, I recently wrote about the sharp decline in the number of young people under the age of 34 in employment since this government took office.”

“The reality is the Border region is being ignored by Fine Gael and Labour in the same way it was by Fianna Fáil. Indeed the ignorance towards the Border region was typified by Pat Kenney yesterday morning on Newstalk in an interview with my colleague Pearse Doherty TD.”

“In an exchange regarding difficulties for the Border region, even during the Celtic Tiger years, Mr. Kenny glibly responded to Deputy Doherty, “…there were plenty of jobs available if people were prepared to drive around a bit, or move a bit.”

“If that is a widely held view, then people are out of touch with economic realities, when considering low disposable income, poor infrastructure, and lack of transport, there were very limited options. Perhaps Dublin 4 was commutable by bike, rail or bus, but rural Ireland is not.”

“There is a famine of jobs in rural Ireland and the Border region in particular. The government need to realise and understand the experience of people in these areas and address these difficulties.”

“We in the Border region do not need any more snide comments from the media, or falsehoods from the government. We need a recovery for all and a Republic of equals.” 

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