Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has accused the Taoiseach of making empty election promises on job creation in Co Mayo on the eve of polling day.

Deputy Calleary was commenting after the Taoiseach promised on local radio to carry out a feasibility study on a new IDA centre in Castlebar.

“Co Mayo and the Western region need far more than a vague promise of a feasibility study on the eve of election day.  We need a firm commitment that this region will no longer be side-lined by the State’s job creation agency, the IDA,” said Deputy Calleary.

“We don’t need a ‘feasibility study’ to tell us that there has not been enough investment in job creation in Mayo and the West of Ireland over the past three years.  Figures that I have received from the Department of Jobs and Enterprise show there were just 4 IDA visits to Co Mayo over 2012 and 2013.  That compares to a total of 376 site visits in Dublin over the same two year period.

“These figures confirm the unacceptably low level of interest in tackling the jobs crisis in Co Mayo and the North West region generally. They clearly demonstrate that this county has been side-lined for jobs investment in the past three years.  While Dublin may be seeing some recovery, the jobs crisis in Mayo and across the West of Ireland is very real and it needs requires immediate Government attention.

“This issue is far too important to fall victim to yet another broken election promise from Fine Gael.  It’s been proven that when the IDA focuses on investment in a certain area, that area benefits from job creation.  We need a firm commitment to a new IDA office in Castlebar – not a vague election promise about a feasibility study that’s clearly not necessary.”