Senator David Cullinane launches Economic Development Plan for Waterford
Sinn Fein General Election Candidate David Cullinane has today launched an economic development plan for Waterford City and County.
Senator Cullinane launched the plan as he handed in his nomination papers to register as an election candidate.
Speaking today Senator Cullinane said:
"For Waterford to succeed in generating economic growth and creating employment, a sense of shared purpose to create real regional cohesion is a prerequisite."
"This will involve inter-county and inter-agency collaboration to eliminate needless layers of bureaucracy and deliver effective change. Waterford must become the economic engine for the Southeast and Government policy must reflect this.
"In 2012 I published the Southeast Economic Development Plan. It offered a blueprint for tackling unemployment and stimulating economic growth in Waterford and the region.
"It proposed a long-term Economic Development Strategy that allowed time for new structures to bed in and facilitate long-term planning in terms of R&D, allocation of resources and industry development that is necessary to achieve sustainable economic expansion.
"Some of the report’s recommendations have been implemented and the report succeeded in shining a spotlight on Waterford and the wider region.
"Waterford needs to focus on its key strengths in tourism, agri-business and food production, developing a critical mass of expertise through improved educational attainment, delivery of a Technological University and strong research and development.
"Waterford must maximise the potential of existing key assets such as Waterford Port, the regional airport and improvements to the road and rail network.
10 key priorities for David Cullinane and Waterford:
1. Implementation of a long term Economic Development Strategy for Waterford that supports a new model for the city and county based on sustainability, meeting the needs of enterprise, an alignment of national, regional and county objectives underpinned by the needs of the community.
2. The development of Waterford City Centre’s retail offering through the use of NAMA property, urban renewal projects and a strategic vision for the North Quays as well as local sustainable development plans for our towns and villages.
3. The establishment of a Technological University in the region and the building of competitive advantage through a strong research and development hub and support for innovation and creativity.
4. A strategy to improve educational attainment and skills provision in Waterford.
5. The development of a regional Transport Hub that aligns road, rail and port infrastructure, maximises use of both ports (Rosslare and Waterford), ensures completion of the Enniscorthy and New Ross Bypass , improvements to the N24 to greatly improve the Limerick to Waterford road corridor and a vision for Dunmore East Harbour which expands the Breakwater and opens opportunities for recreation and leisure activities.
6. Investment in the roll-out of Dark Fibre Network (Broadband) across the City and County.
7. Investment in the regional Airport to allow for expansion of the runway and the opening of opportunities to access new markets and supporting growth in tourism.
8. Supporting tourism as a key driver of economic growth through a coordinated and integrated regional strategy and the development of a strategic tourism vision.
9. The Development of the Southeast as a world leader in Food including production, processing, ingredients and technology. This should involve maximising the potential of Harvest 2020 and the abolition of the milk quota in 2015.
10. Prioritise investment in public services with Health, Housing and Childcare as key priorities.