‘Clear flaw in Government policy in over focus on Dublin and the East Coast conurbation’
‘Fine Gael-Labour government have continued with a sustained attack on rural and regional Ireland’
Sligo News File Online.
Fianna Fail Senator Marc MacSharry is calling on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton to address the regional bias in job creation around Ireland. This follows a report by the Nevin Institute which states that 90% of jobs created in Ireland were in Dublin and its surrounding counties while there was no jobs growth in the border region
He said: “While IDA are the worlds best at what they do these results demonstrate the clear flaw in Government policy in over focus on Dublin and the East Coast conurbation.”
“This is evident in the level of visits by the IDA to rural areas in particular in the North-West. In 2014, the IDA visited Leitrim twice while Limerick was visited 21 times. The policy shows an increased focus of Government policy on urban areas and a failure to stop economic marginalisation in our rural communities. This policy has increased the need for large scale emigration of younger generations in search of jobs since 2011.
“The Government needs to adequately resource our region in order to empower us to perform to our potential. The Fine Gael-Labour Government have continued with a sustained attack on rural and regional Ireland. From schools to Garda stations, post offices to small farmers the contempt for our region is not in any doubt; it is time that government gave peripheral counties like Sligo Leitrim Cavan and Donegal due and fair priority so that families in this area can share in the bounty of the efforts of IDA. This has not happened and must now be made a priority.”