Doherty secures Seanad debate on job creation in Donegal
Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has secured a debate in the Seanad today on the need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and innovation to make towns in Donegal South West a priority for future IDA investment.
Senator Doherty said:
“My motion in the Seanad today calls on the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and innovation to ensure that the IDA has a comprehensive strategy to promote South Donegal as an area for investment and to ensure in particular, that Bundoran, Ballyshannon and Donegal Town are earmarked as towns where the IDA will make site visits to in the near future.
“Of the 987 IDA supported companies in the state only 2 of these are in Donegal South west and indeed during Mary Coughlan’s tenure as Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, not a single visit was made by the IDA to Donegal South West. In a county where there are almost 21,000 people out of work this kind of lack-lustre attitude to job creation is simply not good enough.
“The prioritisation of the east of the country in terms of foreign investment has been disastrous for Donegal and indeed the proposal on the part of Fine Gael to locate all future IDA sites in Dublin and Cork would be a smack on the face for the people of Donegal and should be vehemently opposed.
“South West Donegal must be prioritised for investment and for a comprehensive jobs plan to be put in place to curb the rising tide of unemployment that is blighting the county.
“I look forward to the Minister’s response to my motion tonight.” CRÍOCH