06/06/2012

Coffey Urges IDA To Deliver Jobs In Waterford

Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has urged the IDA to deliver on investment and jobs in Waterford. Deputy Coffey was speaking after the IDA’s South East Regional Manager said that site visits to Waterford and the south east this year by prospective investorshave surpassed those carried out during all of 2011.

"News that site visits to Waterford and the south east in the first five months of 2012 have exceeded the total number for 2011 is very positive news for the region; however it is important that these visits now result in real investment and jobs in Waterford.

"Waterford has one of the highest unemployment rates in the State and all Government agencies must pull together and help Waterford and the south east region to create and retain jobs so that we can get our people back to work.

"For my part, I have made a submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education to highlight the unemployment problems in Waterford and the issues that need to be addressed as a matter of priority to rebuild Waterford’s economy in the short, medium and long term.

"The number of site visits in the south east region from potential IDA supported companies this year has reached 15, which is almost one a week. This compares to 14 for the entire of 2011. The IDA has a regional development mandate, whereby it is encouraging companies to invest outside of Dublin and Cork. I am urging the Authority to ensure this mandate is fulfilled and that jobs are delivered in Waterford in the coming months.

"We must address the unemployment problem in the south east and Waterford region and the IDA has a critical role to play. I will continue in my role as a TD for Waterford to fight for the people I serve and I hope that the IDA will play its part in getting Waterford back to work.'

(CD)

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