|Deputy Regina Doherty with Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton|
The Meath East TD said that “the recent CSO figures showing unemployment down 28% tells us that we are performing well on our road to recovery in Meath, however, we need to be realistic about the road that lies ahead.
“Since the implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs we have seen over 100,000 new jobs created across Ireland. These 100,000 extra jobs have seen unemployment drop significantly in recent years and there has been a decrease in unemployment in every region since 2011; however we are not yet out of the woods.
“The reality is that not every business owner and not every family has benefitted from this recovery. In a bid to reach full employment by 2018 it is essential that we focus on regional job growth. I believe in the entrepreneurship of the people of Meath, and I believe that we have the skills to develop our area but more resources are needed.
“Over 41,000 more people were back working in 2014 in comparison to that in 2013. We need to continue to drive this upward trend in employment, many of which is supported through Local Enterprise Offices, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.”
Concluding, Deputy Doherty said “while multinational investment to County Meath, such as Facebook in Clonee, is welcomed with open arms, we cannot become overly dependent. We must continue to support our SMEs and indigenous Irish businesses in securing our recovery.”