The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has denied any responsibility for the staff shortages at the IDA’s regional office in Dundalk, according to local Fianna Fáil TD Seamus Kirk.
Deputy Kirk has raised concerns about vacant posts at Louth IDA on a number of occasions, and in response his latest Parliamentary Question this week Minister Bruton said:
“The staffing levels in IDA’s various offices is a day to day operational matter for the Agency and not one in which I have a function.” – 05 July 2011
Deputy Kirk commented, “I am deeply concerned by Minister Bruton’s lack of interest in ensuring that our regional IDA office is adequately staffed. He is the Minister with responsibility for job creation, and yet he has totally shrugged off serious concerns about ongoing staff shortages at the IDA in Dundalk.
“The IDA is the State agency tasked with creating employment by attracting investment and encouraging industrial development. My concern is that our regional office in Dundalk may not have sufficient staffing levels to maximise its potential in this regard.
After several months, we are still without a Regional IDA Manager. How can a Minister who claims his top priority is creating jobs take absolutely no interest in filling this post?
“Our continued economic recovery is dependent on investment and support for the business community. I do not want the Northeast to be left behind. The Minister must take a direct interest in ensuring that the vacant post of Regional IDA Manager is filled in Dundalk without delay.”