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Paypal jobs losses a result of government failure - Adams

17 July, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

The news that Paypal has had to employ around 500 people from overseas in its new facility in Louth has been described by Louth TD Gerry Adams as a “damning indictment of the government’s lack of adequate investment in modern language teaching in schools and a failure to plan for future inward investment which depends on a workforce with the necessary modern language skills.”

Teachta Adams said:

“The announcement by Paypal several months ago that it was to create up to 1000 jobs in Dundalk was heavily promoted by the government as a success story. Minister Richard Bruton claimed that he was ‘determined to ensure that thousands more families around the country will get news like this over the coming years’.

“However, it is now clear that the reality is different and that despite support from the IDA the full benefits of this investment have not been realised for the families of Dundalk or the greater Louth/Meath area.

“Paypals decision to invest in Louth highlighted the critical importance of developing a knowledge based economy and an education system that is able to provide the educational opportunities for children so that they can learn a second language at a young age.

“At the same time as Paypal made its announcement the government’s lack of a modern language strategy was evident in its decision to scrap the Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative. That initiative was focused on developing a positive attitude towards language learning.

“Paypal very clearly stated its requirement for around 500 employees with a working knowledge of a second language. That our education system could not provide these employees and that Paypal had to go overseas to fill these jobs is a disgrace.

“The failure to prioritise modern language teaching and the scrapping of the
Modern Languages Initiative was short-sighted and potentially damaging to the future prospects of attracting skilled, multinational jobs to these shores.”


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