Fianna Fáil Cllr Michael Sheehan has called on the government to prioritise much needed investment to kick-start the economy across Wexford. Cllr Sheehan made the comments after Wexford County Council adopted his motion calling on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD to publish the South East Regional Jobs Plan with clear guaranteed targeted commitments to the county.

Cllr Sheehan commented, “There are signs of economic recovery beginning to get underway in major urban areas such as Dublin. However the economy in Wexford is still struggling with many business and households continuing to find it difficult to make ends meet. The unemployment rate in the county remains far too high and there are simply not enough opportunities for young people.

“The government needs to put in place a comprehensive plan to ensure that economic recovery reaches all corners of Wexford. My recent motion, which was backed by Fianna Fáil and adopted by Wexford County Council, calls on the government to do just that.

“Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton must publish the long awaited South East Regional Jobs Plan with clear guaranteed targeted commitments for County Wexford. Funding is needed to support the work of the IDA and resources must be ring-fenced for the provision of enterprise and innovation centers in the county.

“The government must also ensure that County Wexford is included in the Capital Investment Schemes so that the county can attract inward investment. Infrastructure in the county also needs to be brought up to standard. Small to medium sized businesses in particular are finding it difficult to expand due to poor broadband services. The government needs to step up its game and expand the roll out of high speed broadband across the south east.

Cllr Sheehan also pointed out the opportunities that will arise for County Wexford should the proposed South East Technological University come into existence.

“The effort to create a South East Technological University also represents an opportunity to expand employment in County Wexford. The university must have a strong presence in the county to ensure that people have the opportunity to learn new skills that will aid them gain employment. This is particularly important for those who are long term unemployed.

“My Fianna Fáil colleagues and I will continue to push for a coherent plan to address the high level of unemployment in County Wexford. Investment is needed now to ensure that the county is ready to take advantage of any possible economic upturn” said Cllr Sheehan.