Cathaoirleach of the Regional Authority calls for Urgent Enterprise and Employment Intervention in the South-East Region
CATHAORIELACH OF THE REGIONAL AUTHORITY CALLS FOR URGENT ENTERPRISE AND EMPLOYMENT INTERVENTION IN THE SOUTH-EAST REGION
“The South-East Regional Authority has long been concerned at the relatively weak economic performance of the South-East Region. It is performing poorly when compared to other Irish regions under a range of socio-economic headings”. So stated Cllr. Willie Quinn, Cathaoirleach of the Regional Authority following the September monthly meeting of the Authority at which senior representatives of Enterprise Ireland attended.
The Enterprise Ireland executives briefed the members on their policies and strategies for promoting enterprise and investment in the South-East Region. “At our meeting, the members impressed on the executives the very poor situation in the Region and called on them to intensify their efforts to promote the South-East Region for investment and job creation. I now re-iterate this call for prioritised investment in the Region”, Cllr. Quinn stated.
The most recent unemployment figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the South-East has the highest unemployment rate of the eight Irish regions, currently standing at 18.2%. “This rate is very significantly higher than the national unemployment rate. The Region has suffered some devastating job loss announcements recently, such as at Talk Talk in Waterford and Cordis Corporation in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, to list but two. This simply cannot continue and must be addressed in a coherent, focused and urgent way by the main jobs and enterprise support agencies”, stated Cllr. Quinn.
“I am calling on the Government to deliver balanced regional development and immediately direct all the enterprise promotion and support agencies to make the South-East Region their top priority”, Cllr. Quinn said.
Further information from:
- Cllr. Willie Quinn, Cathaoirleach, South-East Regional Authority
059-9773500 or 086-1659115
Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:00:00 BST