South-East Economic Development strategy must be implemented – Cullinane
David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford, welcomed the Minister for Jobs’ commitment to visit the South-East in the near future, adding that now is the time to implement the findings of the 2013 South East Economic Development Strategy Report.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“I raised with the Minister for Jobs in the Dáil yesterday the issue of the Central Statistics Office quarterly household survey figures on unemployment, which show the unemployment rate in the south east is at 12.5%, compared with a rate of 8.4% nationally.
“In 2013, as a Senator and a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, I was a rapporteur for a report called the South East Economic Development Strategy. It was an all-party report that made a number of key recommendations that must be acted upon if the south-east region is to be given the tools and ability to create the jobs it can create.
“I also raised the 2016 report by academics based at Waterford Institute of Technology, which said that “when compared to national economic performance, and peer regions in Ireland, the data illustrates how the South East’s economy continues to be characterised by persistently high levels of unemployment, deprivation and ... lower job quality".
“This is not news to the people of the South-East, who know all too well that they have been forgotten by successive governments.
“Therefore, I welcome the commitment given by the Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor in response to my questions to visit the South East in the near future and see for herself first-hand the issues I’ve been raising in the Dáil. I will take up the opportunity to meet her when she visits and I hope she will have good meetings with stakeholders across the region.”