Unemployment Figures show need for Investment in South East – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane said today that he is shocked, but not surprised, at the latest figures from the CSO showing the South East has the highest unemployment figures in the state.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“Unemployment in the South East is at crisis point.
“The region been neglected for decades by several Governments. A recently published report by Mr Ray Griffin of WIT clearly demonstrated that Waterford and the South East was losing out in investment.
“The social and business infrastructure of the region has been put on the back burner.
“We have seen repeated attempts by the HSE to downgrade University Hospital Waterford from a regional to a local hospital.
“The planned merger of Waterford and Carlow ITs has been put on hold.
“Waterford City and County Council recently submitted an application for €5.5m funding to complete the Waterford Greenway.
“This has been refused due to a lack of funding.
“The region needs investment in infrastructure and jobs creation in order to sustain itself, but the political will is simply not there at the moment.
“Waterford needs strong and decisive leadership. We need the Government to deliver. I will do all that I can to make this happen.”