Wicklow Sinn Féin to launch Extensive Job Creation
Wicklow Sinn Féin are to launch the party’s new job creation policy
document, the plan proposes measures to create 156,000 jobs and it
will be launched at a public meeting upstairs in Ernies Bar in Wicklow
Town at 7.30pm on Thursday 8th November.
Entitled Jobs Plan – Enterprise Policy for the 21st Century, the
document is a detailed 60 page stimulus package that sets out a
comprehensive plan aimed at tackling the current unemployment crisis.
Speaking ahead of the launch Wicklow Sinn Féin County Councillor John
Brady said “In the last four years Ireland has shed more jobs than any
other western state per capita since the Great Depression. Last year
the economy lost 33,400 jobs. In 2011 our communities lost 87,000 to
emigration. It is clear that government policy is not working. The
government has paid lip service to job creation. Their ambitions for
this state are limited to Troika-led retrenchment. Private investment
has reduced by €30 billion. Government has withdrawn €24 billion. In
Wicklow there are 12,164 people currently unemployed and all the
relevant bodies such as the IDA have completely overlooked Wicklow”
“We have identified €13 billion which can be sourced to create jobs,
improve competitiveness and increase productivity. This would be
funded from the National Pension Reserve Fund, European Investment
Bank, incentivised investment from the private pension sector and we
would end the capital spending cuts of this government. An investment
of this scale would create about 156,000 jobs and retain up to 15,000
existing jobs. Smart investment will secure sustainable jobs and our
national competitiveness into the future”.
Brady continued “Our jobs plan will invest in essential
infrastructure; help entrepreneurs by removing obstacles to doing
business and supporting them to retain and create new jobs; exploit
the potential of existing and new state enterprises particularly in
broadband rollout, renewable energy and eco-tourism and invest in
agri-food and rural communities”.
Brady went onto say “The Sinn Féin plan if implemented would create
thousands of jobs here in Wicklow and this would go a long way to
replacing some of the jobs that have been lost in companies such as
Veha, Kerry Foods, A O’Smith, Allergan and Schering-Plough to just
name a few”.
Cllr Brady concluded "The Jobs Plan is a comprehensive, costed and
government ready proposal and I appeal to members of the public and
representatives from the community and business sectors to attend our
launch and hear the proposals set out by Sinn Féin here in Wicklow”.