Software firm to set up operations in Sligo

‘Major boost for North West’ says government TD.

Sligo News File.

A software firm has announced plans to establish operations in Sligo with employment for upwards of 50 workers.

Tony McLoughlin, T.D.
Fine Gael.

Local TD Tony McLoughlin has welcomed the announcement by Live Tiles, saying it represents a major boost for the town.

However, many will feel that Sligo and the North West region will need much more investment in new operations if it is to catch up on its industrial status of some years ago.

Thousands have been migrating since the election of the Fine Gael-led government in 2011. The area is regarded as having little to offer young people in particular by way of quality employment opportunities.

Commenting on the announcement, a Sligo source said it was not to the credit of ministers or TDs that the town has been left for years with next to no new industrial development while government was guiding virtually everything into Dublin and areas surrounding it.

“The prospect of 50 jobs for Sligo is welcome of course, but one swallow doesn’t make a summer. Greatly more must now be directed to the North West and until what we have lost has been restored there is no reason for celebratory political bonfires at the crossroads of this end of the country.”

Meanwhile, criticism continues to flow following reports that the Taoiseach while Minister for Transport shelved an application for EU aid for projects in the North West/West prepared by the last Fianna Fail government.

Sligo-based TD Marc MacSharry claims Leo Varadkar was Minister for Transport when he pulled the application which the Fianna Fail government had drawn up before leaving office in 2011.

The Fianna Fail deputy hasn’t identified the proposed developments for which the funding was sought. However, he says in a statement that Varadkar’s “short sighted decision” has now “severely jeopardised the future opportunity of the State to seek EU support for the transport and other infrastructural projects.”

It is likely that the issue will be raised in the Dail with Varadkar confronted for an explanation for the apparent decision.