first_imgCllr Gary DohertySinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has slammed the Regional Jobs Plan launched today by Minister Richard Bruton saying the Minister’s comments in relation to the strategy are a feeble attempt to ‘paper over the cracks’ following years of escalating unemployment.Cllr Doherty made his comments following today’s launch by the Minister of the Regional Jobs Plan for the North West and North East which aims to create 28,000 new jobs in the region by 2020.Cllr Doherty said Today’s launch in Letterkenny of this plan by Minister Bruton, and its unveiling mere weeks from a General Election, simply exposes the depths to which this Government will go to in order to win votes and generate good publicity for itself. “The Minister claims that since 2012, a few months after having come power, that an extra 20,000 people are now back at work throughout the North East and North West.”“While I don’t doubt him for a second, the region takes into account not just Donegal, but Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth and he does not provide a county by county breakdown in relation to these figures.”“I don’t think it’s fair to make such a sweeping statement given the fact that he has failed to state exactly how many of these jobs relate to people in Donegal which has – in particular – experienced huge levels of unemployment in recent years.”“In fact the Government in a statement today highlights previous job creation which has been provided by companies such as ebay, Paypal, State Street International and Yapstone over the last number of years in the region; however the expansion of these companies has led to jobs creation in Louth, not Donegal.” “The Minister’s plan today outlines key target sectors for future growth such as Digital Payment, Cleantech and creative services.”“While of course this is all very positive and should be encouraged the Government’s track record when it comes to supporting such industries in this county has been appalling.”“Many areas in Donegal today still do not have access to adequate broadband services, despite the fact that many of these businesses rely on accessing high speed broadband as part of their business activities.”“The Minister has said that this plan will see anywhere between 300 to 500 extra jobs for the Gaeltacht regions over the coming years which will be supported by Údarás na Gaeltacht, yet these job figures don’t even come anywhere close to making up for the number of jobs which have been lost over the last number of years at these companies.”“Údarás client companies in Gaoth Dobhair alone have shed 776 jobs between 2006 and 2014, while the Minister has failed to even mention the fact that the total number of positions in these same companies dropped by a staggering 25% since Fine Gael and Labour came to power.” “The picture is equally as harrowing in Dungloe, where the total positions in Údarás client companies between 2006 and 2014 were almost halved, resulting in 128 less jobs there.”“Part of the Minister’s plan today also makes reference to establishing a Renewable Energy Innovation Centre at Killybegs, and while I agree this would be a fantastic project I note that the Minister doesn’t state the number of jobs which this will create.”“I imagine that this is him playing it safe, and perhaps he has good reason for this. The Government do not want to replicate the disaster which was the 2011 Killybegs Jobs Initiative which, when it was first unveiled by Minister Conveney, claimed that it would create 250 jobs in Killybegs by 2014.”“And yet, here we are a year after the deadline and the Minister has embarrassingly been forced to admit that he can only account for 89 jobs which have been created as part of the initiative and has said that he does not have any jobs figures for areas which he claims are outside of his ‘area of responsibility’.” “No one would be happier than me to see job creation and growth as a result of the Minister’s plan today however the facts speak for themselves and it is clear that this announcement today is just a feeble attempt by the Government to paper over the cracks ahead of an election next year.”MINISTER’S JOBS PLAN ONLY PAPERING OVER THE CRACKS – DOHERTY was last modified: November 30th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Councillor Gary DohertydonegaljobsNorth West Science Parklast_img

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