Urgent government intervention is required in the south east to address devastating job losses, according to the South East Regional Authority.
In the wake of the 142 job losses at the Clonmel based JRE Group announced last week, Cllr. Willie Quinn, chairperson of the South East Regional Authority, said the region was not getting the attention it deserved from the government and industrial development agencies.
“I am shocked and saddened that 142 jobs will be lost after the Clonmel-based electrical contractors JRE Group confirmed that it is to cease trading after 16 years in the town. This is devastating for Clonmel and the surrounding area’, he said
Cllr. Quinn said the JRE closure together with the news that plans for a supercasino, which would have provided hundreds of jobs in and around Tipperary, suffered a major setback when the Government announced legislation that will rule out “Las Vegas-type” resorts and the Talk Talk blow all had a negative impact on the south east.
“The closure of this electrical company must be viewed in the context of the South-East Region’s loss of a significant number of jobs in recent times and the ongoing poor employment performance of the Region” said Cllr. Quinn.
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 17.2%.
“This rate is very significantly higher than the national unemployment rate. This region is not getting the attention it deserves from government and the industrial development agencies. 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.