Local TD, Minister Alan Kelly, has dismissed Michael Lowry’s criticism of the Government on their job record, describing it as “crocodile tears.”
“The greatest collapse in North Tipperary’s employment occurred while Michael Lowry supported the Government. Almost 5,000 people became unemployed in North Tipperary while he was supporting the last Government. He never breathed a word about this but now that he is in opposition he has found his voice. He is crying crocodile tears. I would ask him to examine his own conscience and his own role in the economic collapse of Tipperary before he lectures others,” stated Minister Kelly.
While Kelly is critical of the IDA’s jobs record in Tipperary, he believes it is not just up to the IDA to try to create local jobs.
“It will take more than the IDA to bring jobs to Tipperary. All members of the business community will have to work together to make Tipperary attractive for investment. It takes more than one state body to pick of the pieces of the last Government,” added Kelly.
“One problem we have had in Tipperary is the National Spacial Strategy, which Michael Lowry supported. That disastrous strategy did not prioritise Tipperary as a place for investment and thankfully it has now been dropped. Will Deputy Lowry cry foul over this? The truth is that Michael Lowry and Fianna Fail did more damage to jobs in Tipperary than anyone in the history of the state and has no right to lecture anyone else,”
Kelly stands proud of his record in assisting local jobs with the provision of a gas pipeline for Nenagh town, dramatically reducing energy costs for the town’s businesses. He has also ensured that Tipperary has benefited from many areas of Government investment.
“As for my record on jobs in this county, I stand quite proud. Most importantly, we have a plan in place to directly address the greatest infrastructural deficit in North Tipperary – a clean energy supply in the form of natural gas for Nenagh which secures the future of jobs in that area. Finally I am also proud that we have a new enterprise centre in Thurles and I have personally assisted many local businesses seeking investment opportunities.
“Tipperary has seen a greater proportion of investment from jobs initiatives, from roads projects, from sports capital grants than many other counties. All of this is assisting with local jobs. North Tipperary is on its knees, but those who oversaw its collapse should examine their own role in the collapse before lecturing others,”