Carrick councillor presses for IDA to explain what it’s doing to attract jobs to South Tipp

The IDA has been requested to outline to South Tipperary Co. Council the work it is doing to bring more jobs to the county, thanks to the lobbying of a Carrick-on-Suir county councillor

The IDA has been requested to outline to South Tipperary Co. Council the work it is doing to bring more jobs to the county, thanks to the lobbying of a Carrick-on-Suir county councillor

The Council has requested the State agency responsible for attracting foreign companies to set up operations in Ireland to attend an upcoming meeting of it elected members in view of the job losses that had hit the county and South East in recent times.

Carrick-on-Suir based Labour Cllr Bobby Fitzgerald, who proposed that an IDA official be invited to address the Council, said recent job losses in the region have confirmed that the South East is an unemployment blackspot with unemployment rates 3% higher than the national average.

“The region has suffered too many devastating employment blows in recent times and if the unemployment rate in the region was reduced to be in line with the national average it would mean an additional €58 million being in circulation in South Tipperary with many spin off benefits accruing.”

“We look forward to hearing full details of not only what exactly the IDA has being doing to attract investment and promote job creation in the locality but also what measures are to be taken in the near future in terms of green field site and expansion of new and existing projects, the cost of each job created and level of reliance on foreign direct investment and the implications of same.”

Meanwhile, Cllr Fitzgerald has welcomed South Tipperary Co. Council’s participation in JobBridge, the new Government internship scheme.

The Council has to date provided intern placements for nine graduates and it is currently monitoring their progress.

And he welcomed the news that the Council is to write to the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton proposing to facilitate a JobBridge Information Seminar in the county early next year that local employers will be invited to attend.