Ferris Highlights Unemployment in Tralee
North Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has raised the issue of unemployment in Tralee today in the Dáil. Highlighting that the town now has one of the highest jobless rates in the state, Deputy Ferris called on the government to tackle the various infrastructure needs of the county such as broadband roll out and the building of ring roads in Tralee.
Deputy Ferris said: "Figures released by the Central Statistics Office this week show that the Tralee area currently has the second highest rate of unemployment in the state at 14.2%. Not only is that well above the national average but also indicates that little has been done to improve the situation in the last few years.
"I have raised this issue previously and questioned successive Ministers with regard to the need to attract new investment. Their replies indicated that few, if any, new companies were being directed to Tralee despite the advantages the town enjoys with regard to the Institute of Technology and the Technology Park. Clearly more needs to be done, and can be done, in order to utilise these to their maximum.
"The level of unemployment emphasises the importance of balanced regional development, which is why it is vital that the Shannon-Heathrow link be restored. There is a serious need for rapid communications and the lack of broadband availability is seriously hindering progress throughout the entire county. Finally I would like to call on the Transport Minister and the NRA to ensure that funding is made available as soon as possible to progress the ring roads in Tralee and the Castleisland and Listowel by-passes.