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Good news for Cavan/Monaghan with new job announcements – Reilly

9 February, 2015

Sinn Fein Cavan/Monaghan Senator Kathryn Reilly has welcomed the announcement of the creation of new jobs in both Cavan and Monaghan. However, she warned that Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland attention to the counties needs to be stepped up.

Senator Reilly said:

“It is great to see the creation of new jobs in both Cavan and Monaghan, this area has suffered quite a lot over the past number of years and it is high time we have had some positive news. In particular, the announcement of the creation of 200 new jobs in Monaghan is excellent, given the distressing news last month that 140 people would lose their jobs with the closure of the Bose plant in Carrickmacross.”

“The creation of over 80 full-time jobs with the expansion of Lakeland Dairies in Bailieboro, Cavan, is positive news for the town, county, and surrounding area. Similarly, the proposed extension of the Combilift plant in Monaghan Town will see an immense benefit to the area of north Monaghan as 200 jobs are expected to be created.”

“Furthermore, it is a welcome boost for those involved in the construction industry in Cavan and Monaghan, as there are to be a number of jobs created in the expansion phase of both Lakeland Dairies and Combilift.”

“However, we must not let this news deflect from the reality, which is that Cavan/Monaghan has been virtually ignored and failed by this government, as well as previous governments, in the area of job creation. In an answer from a Parliamentary Question I submitted to Minister Richard Bruton, I was informed that the past seven years there was a derisory 12 IDA Ireland-sponsored visits to counties Cavan and Monaghan.”  

“Indeed, while we all celebrate these new jobs created, we must not lose sight of the fact that the job increases in Cavan and Monaghan over the past seven years have been punitive in contrast to the number of jobs lost. The government failure to our area is summed up by the fact that there are 784 and 872 fewer people working in Enterprise Ireland Client Companies in Cavan and Monaghan respectively since 2008.” 

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