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Massive disparity of FDI jobs spread in Ireland must be addressed – Quinlivan

24 April, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has today called on Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell-O’Connor and the IDA to address the massive geographical disparity of IDA backed jobs in Ireland and ensure a fairer spread of FDI to all counties. 

Speaking today, the Limerick City TD said:

“After analysing figures from the IDA and the most recent census population numbers, the scale of this problem became apparent. In total, there were 199,877 IDA supported jobs across Ireland in 2016 and, in the same year, the population stood at 4,757,976. This means that there is 1 IDA supported job for every 23 citizens in Ireland.

“However, this varies significantly depending on where you live in the country. Galway and Cork top the list for most IDA jobs per capita, with 1 job for every 15 people, followed by Dublin with 1 job for every 16 people. 

“Those living in Monaghan are at the other end of the scale with only 1 job for every 447 people and people in Laois are the most unlikely to work for an IDA backed company, with only 1 job per 736 citizens. 

“The figures provided to me under a parliamentary question also outline the gross gain of jobs per county and confirm that a greater focus on regional job creation is needed. In Dublin, 9,000 new jobs were added in 2016, but in other counties, it was considerably less. In Meath for example, a county with a population of almost 200,000, only 84 new IDA jobs were created and Leitrim benefitted from just 3 new IDA backed jobs in 2016. 

“I do recognise the valuable work the IDA does in attracting FDI to Ireland. They have been very successful at this over the last few decades and their work is particularly important now in helping the economy to recover.  

“However, this is a huge imbalance which highlights the need to spread IDA jobs evenly across the country. I appreciate that at the end of the day the decision lies with the client company, but more incentives should be offered to encourage companies to locate in counties with fewest FDI jobs, ensuring fair opportunities for all workers. 

“Only last month, the Government chose to shut down ConnectIreland, a scheme which was successfully bringing jobs to rural Ireland at a much lower cost than the IDA, further impacting job opportunities in these regions. Border counties fare particularly badly in this analysis and, in the light of Brexit, this region needs more attention than ever to mitigate the potential impact a Tory Brexit could have.  

“The Minister must act on these figures and ensure a fairer spread of FDI right across Ireland” ENDS

Note: Please see table of figures in question below

FDI Jobs Spread

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