The new figures presented by IDA on job creation in North Tipperary are a national disaster. And this is plain to be seen – not even a part-time job is available in the Thurles region. Statistics provided by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton show that not a single job was created in North Tipperary last year. South Tipperary fared little better with only 10 jobs provided.
In an Irish Independent IDA Job Chart covering all counties in the Republic, the only other counties to have gained only single figure jobs were ‘wee’ Leitrim 1, Laois 2 and Monaghan 3. Naturally the bigger cities fared best – with 6,379 IDA jobs provided in Dublin, 1,979 in Cork, 859 in Galway and 400 in Limerick. Among the others – 385 went to Louth, 252 in Westmeath, 186 in Donegal, 176 in Kildare, 180 in Kilkenny, 149 in Sligo, 126 in Mayo and Wexford got 111.
The Archerstown Industrial Estate (IDA) comprising of at least 56 acres on the outskirts of Thurles is a prime site for full development, but nevertheless has only three small industries, giving minimum employment. There are other IDA sites around the country, too, crying out for industry.
Analysing the IDA job creation chart, beggars the question what is wrong with Tipperary? We are obviously betrayed rather than effectively portrayed in the sectors that matter. This is the Premier County. It’s noted for its soil fertility, food production, culture, scenery and infrastructure; with an educated workforce ever ready.
We assumed we had a hardworking, well-paid team of public representatives at European, national and local level that painted the right picture and gave job creation top priority. They would also have been at the cutting edge through global trade missions and business delegations travelling abroad. Very serious thought must be given to the North Tipperary job issue, questions asked and answered and drastic action taken now. The existing situation is unexplainable and untenable.