‘Action Plan for Jobs is not working in Sligo and the surrounding region.’
Sligo News File.
It could be years before the country’s most neglected region sees investment in infrastructure approved by the current Fine Gael-led government.
Highlighting Sligo’s floundering economic state, government TD Tony McLoughlin told the Taoiseach that the area had “suffered the lowest level of employment growth of any county in the past five years.”
Additional to McLoughlin, Sligo has as Dail representatives Martin Kenny Sinn Fein and Marc MacSharry and Eamon Scanlon, Fianna Fail. Scanlon is the Fianna Fail spokesman on employment and small business.
McLoughlin said he had spoken of the Sligo job situation “often” in the Dail, but there has been no improvement.
“The reality is that the recovery is barely noticeable in my constituency and it is clear that the Action Plan for Jobs is not working in Sligo and the surrounding region.”
Responding, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said: “It will be a priority of Government in the months and years ahead to ensure that those parts of the country where the recovery has been slow will experience an acceleration in their recovery.”
However, he gave no specific commitment that Sligo would have preference in any recovery acceleration.
He said he would ask the Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald to give McLoughlin “a more substantive response” when she returned from the Middle East.
The record does not show that any of the other three Sligo-Leitrim constituency TDs rowed in behind McLoughlin’s interrogation of Varadkar.