Fianna Fail TD says ‘Fine Gael continuing to starve North West of investment’

‘More than 1200 FDI jobs lost since 2012’

Sligo News File Online.

The current Fine Gael/Fianna Fail partnership has still not come up with any job creation strategy for the North West.

That is according to Sligo-Leitrim Fianna Fail Deputy Marc

Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry: '500 FDI jobs lost since 2012.'
Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry: ‘500 FDI jobs lost since 2012.’

MacSharry who, earlier this week, was branded “a joke” when he clashed with Local Government Minister, Simon Coveney during a Dail debate on the financial state of debt-ridden Sligo County Council.

In a statement on Thursday in which he criticised the failure of the Government to properly plan for Brexit, he singled out Fine Gael saying that more than 500 FDI jobs were lost in Sligo and Leitrim since 2012 under Fine Gael Governments “and they have still not come up with any job creation strategy for the region.

“Unless it concerns Dublin or the commuter counties, they simply have no interest,” he said. “Their record on job creation reflects that.”

His statement adds, “Fine Gael is continuing to starve the North

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney. Branded MacSharry 'a joke' during Dail clashes on finances of Sligo County Council.
Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney. Branded MacSharry ‘a joke’ during Dail clashes on finances of Sligo County Council.

West of investment, creating major problems for the region. The previous Government neglected the region and has left it starved of infrastructure investment, making it even more difficult to attract Foreign Direct Investment.

“The uncertainty surrounding the Apple tax ruling could also have a negative impact on our ability to secure new investment opportunities from abroad.

“The lack of a tangible plan to deal with Brexit is nothing short of disgraceful. The Government cannot continue to bury its head in the sand and wait to react to events. Ministers should have an action plan, which outlines the possible consequences for the country and has a range of tangible plans to deal with them.

“Unfortunately, this Government appears to be sleepwalking into a potential crisis and is refusing to listen to people who are seriously concerned about the fallout from Brexit.”