‘700 people living in County Roscommon must get on a train or a bus or into a car everyday and travel to Dublin for work.’
Sligo News File
A local TD has challenged the Taoiseach about the lack of jobs in the West claiming that hundreds of workers have to get up at 4.00 am to travel from Roscommon for employment in Dublin.
Describing the situation as “shocking,” Deputy Eugene Murphy reminded the Varadkar that recent Central Statistics Office figures show that “700 people living in County Roscommon must get on a train or a bus or into a car everyday and travel to Dublin for work.”
He said: “We are over 20 months into this Government, but very little has happened on regional development.
“The Taoiseach talks about it the whole time and constantly says it will happen, but it is not happening in our county or many other rural
“When will we see real jobs coming to the regions?” he asked.
“These people have to get up at 4 o’clock and 4.30 in the morning. I
know the Taoiseach likes people who get up early in the morning, but if they could get up at 7 o’clock or 8 o’clock; it might be better for them.”
Varadkar said that unemployment had fallen and the number of jobs
had increased “in every county in Ireland; 80% of the new jobs created in the past year, or so were created outside the Dublin area.
“Obviously, people make decisions for many different reasons. I
appreciate it is a very long way to travel from Roscommon to Dublin,
but there are people in other rural counties who choose to commute
and who want to live in rural areas and commute to work.
“One cannot assume that if 700 jobs were provided in Roscommon, all these people would necessarily give up their jobs in Dublin and take up the jobs in Roscommon,” he said.