IDA should prioritise areas in Dublin City- Councillors Reilly and Dowdall
Speaking after the initial meeting of the Economic Development and Enterprise strategic policy committee (SPC) in Dublin City Council Sinn Féin Councillors Noeleen Reilly and Jonathan Dowdall are calling on the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation as well as the IDA to prioritise areas in Dublin City where unemployment is above the national average.
Cllr Reilly said:
“Foreign Direct investment is such an important part of the jobs landscape in the capital city. Dublin is the nucleus of the country’s economy yet many areas was left behind during the Celtic tiger years and has fallen further back since the economic crisis took hold in 2008. For example, areas like Ballymun Ballyfermot, Cabra and Coolock and Drimnagh have seen very little in terms of foreign direct investment and I think it is important that we look at areas where unemployment is above the national average and give them further assistance. If you look at Ballymun for example it is in a prime location off the M50 and close to Dublin Airport and would make and ideal location for some industry.
Cllr Dowdall further added
“I represent an area of extremely high unemployment in the North Inner City. As a local employer it is disappointing to see Dublin City loose out consistently on Foreign Direct Investment. The upcoming developments in the Docklands and the redevelopment of the Fruit markets in Dublin come at a much needed time and represent an opportunity for local people to apply for jobs and to develop their skills. We have many redundant apprentices in Dublin who can benefit greatly from these investments. That being said we also need proper investment put into training programmes for these redundant apprentices. These training programmes would ensure that apprentices are able to earn qualifications, while contributing to the future growth of the local economy.”