Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has accused the government of continuing to turn a blind eye to employment creation in the border area. She made the comments after receiving new figures from the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation which show a total of 2 IDA visits were made to Cavan and one to Monaghan over the course of 2017.
The figures also reveal a net reduction in the number of IDA supported jobs in Co. Cavan last year.
Deputy Smyth explained, “Fine Gael consistently claims that it is actively supporting well-paying jobs outside Dublin but these figures tell a very different story. While I appreciate that there are many small and medium local businesses which are creating jobs and sustaining communities, the government focus on multi-national investment is a major part of its employment strategy and it is simply not delivering for this region.
“Over the past three years there have been a number of high profile jobs losses across Cavan and Monaghan including Liberty Insurance in Cavan town and Bose in Carrickmacross, which resulted in hundreds of redundancies across the two counties. Despite this, there has been very little engagement with IDA companies – these latest figures show that there have been a total of 7 visits to Cavan since 2013 and 6 visits to Monaghan over the same period. The neighbouring counties of Westmeath and Louth had 127 and 80 visits respectively between 2013 and 2017, while there were 1,238 in Dublin.
“I am also very concerned about the level of job losses in IDA client companies in Cavan last year – while 31 new jobs were created by these businesses in 2017, 79 were lost, leaving a net loss of 48 for the year.
“For all the government rhetoric about creating jobs in the regions, its efforts to attract foreign direct investment has been seriously lacking. Minister Humphreys and the rest of her Cabinet counterparts need to stop talking and start implementing some concrete measures which will result in more job creation in this reason”.