Sligo on hind tit of Government industrial development agenda.

IDA figures show fewer jobs than in 2012.

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Judging from an IDA revealed account of job creation in the county, it looks that Sligo is on the bottom rung of the government’s industrial development programme.

Under fire...FG Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor
Under fire…FG Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor

Statements issued to government partners Fianna Fail indicate a continual drop in industrial employment from 2012 onwards.

Figures obtained by Niall Collins show that the number of jobs in Sligo IDA supported companies fell to 2,029 in 2015, more than 220 less than in 2012.

Read another way, it appears the North West Capital is being sidelined while locations on the East Coast are enjoying an era of preferential treatment.

How Sligo has come to be buried in such disadvantage with no fewer

Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry: 'Figures debunk Government’s claim it is spreading FDI jobs fairly'
Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry: ‘Figures debunk Government’s claim it is spreading FDI jobs fairly’

that four TDs elected to fight its corner will also spark increasing concern. Current Dail Deputies are Tony McLoughlin (Fine Gael) Martin Kenny (Sinn Fein) Eamon Scanlon and Marc MacSharry (Fianna Fail)

McSharry has blamed Mary Mitchell O’Connor the Fine Gael Jobs Minister for allowing what he has termed a “two-tier Ireland” to take hold.

He said, “While it is very welcome that there has been a national increase in the number of IDA supported jobs, the figures we have obtained debunk the Government’s claim that it is spreading FDI jobs fairly across the whole country.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.