Despite the air of optimism put forward by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton TD, North Tipp County Council is to produce an in-depth paper on job creation for The Premier County.
Writing exclusively in this weeks Tipperary Star, Minister Bruton tells of the reduction of those on the dole and of more jobs being created. But, further down the foodchain, the story is a little different, as outlined by Cllr Jim Ryan at a local authority meeting in Ardcroney this week.
The Independent councillors pointed to the numbers who have emigrated as having contributed enormously to the reduction in people signing on. And, he called for a delegation to meet the Minister in order to highlight the lack of action in North Tipperary on the part of the IDA.
“The last foreign direct investment job in the county was 27 years ago. North Tipp does not even get a mention in their 2020 plan. We are forgotten here and we need to start making noise,” Cllr Ryan said.
Cllr Seamus Hanafin described the ‘abject failure’ of the IDA to the county, but offered the view that they need to bring something different to the Minister this time.
“We need to showcase other areas and to prove that supporting indigenous jobs can be as benefitial,” he said as he namechecked the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre as being an example with 12 companies now working from there employing 30 people and a further 8 companies in the TESS programme.
Following Cllr Micheal Lowry’s intervention, County Manager Joe MacGrath agreed to have a discussion paper drawn up focusing on all aspects of job creation; the infrastructure and facilities available in the county; and suggestions as to where supports could be forthcoming. This will happen immediately and will be discussed by members in due course.
Cllr Bill Clancy suggested that if the IDA is not interested in the county, “they should hand over the funds and we’ll create the jobs ourselves.”