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Maurice Quinlivan TD publishes motion to secure future of ConnectIreland

2 March, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD


Today Deputy Maurice Quinlivan published a motion calling on the government to ensure funding is maintained to secure the future of ConnectIreland.

Deputy Quinlivan said: “ConnectIreland rewards individuals who successfully encourage foreign businesses to establish an office and employ people in Ireland. Since its establishment in 2012, Connect Ireland say that almost 1,100 jobs have been created through its scheme and a further 2,300 have been pledged. 66% of the jobs that have been created are located outside the Dublin region, bringing much needed employment to rural areas.

“ConnectIreland has built up a vast network of 78,285 connectors based in 147 countries across the world with the potential to bring thousands more jobs to Ireland. This is more important now than ever due to the negative impacts Brexit will have on the Irish economy. Action must be taken by the government now to ensure that, jobs currently being sourced by ConnectIreland and the large global network of connectors are not lost.

“Brexit has the potential to be the biggest economic disaster to hit Ireland both North and South in generations and we need to meet the challenge in that frightening context. We now know what type of Brexit we are facing, no more waiting until the UK triggers Article 50, Teresa May had made that crystal clear. My motion also recognises how ConnectIreland may become more important to help negate some of the possible impacts of Brexit.”

Deputy Quinlivan is calling on all parties and independents to support this motion to ensure the future and continued success of the ConnectIreland initiative is guarenteed.

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