How many Black Friday’s will Clare Workers have to endure before this Government acts to address the Regions declining competitiveness – BREEN.

August 1st, 2008 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has described the latest Live Register figures showing an extra 9.4% or 518 Clare Workers signing on in the past month as “another Black Friday for County Clare” adding “how many more Black Fridays will Clare Workers have to endure before this Government acts to address the Region’s declining “competitiveness”.

“The release of the latest CSO Live Register figures shows another sharp increase in the number of Clare Workers signing on in the past month with an additional 518 or 9.4% recorded with all areas of the County affected, Ennis up 10.2%, Kilush up 8.1%, Ennistymon up 8.9% and Tulla up 7.5%. In the past 12 months the Clare live register figures have risen by a staggering 1602 or 32% and what is really worrying is the fact that in the past year the number of Under 25’s has increased by a whopping 53.6% .” “Nationally the Live Register figure has soared by 17,000 from June and is now at just over 238,000, the total is the highest in more than 10 years.”

“While the figures reflect the rapid decline in the Construction Sector the Mid-West Region’s declining competitivess continues to be ignored by Government”.

“On the anniversary of the abandonment of the Shannon Heathrow Service and the failure of Government to act to secure the service, the Region is still reeling from the fall-out with job loss announcements the norm”.

“Meanwhile the Government have sat on their laurels and have failed to act”.

Start by cutting VAT to stimulate the housing market and construction sector

Identify and up skill vulnerable workers. US Customs and Border Protection facility at Shannon must be fast tracked.

Shannon Developments Master plan for the rejuvenation of the Shannon Free Zone must receive Government support.

US Customs and Border Protection facility at Shannon must be fast tracked.

Shannon Developments Master plan for the rejuvenation of the Shannon Free Zone must receive Government support.

The Budget for Regional Tourism Promotion must be expanded.

“Having failed to act in spite of all the warnings signs over the past twelve that this Region was losing out I have little confidence now but that this Government will continue to turn a blind eye to the problems of County Clare.

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has described the latest Live Register figures showing an extra 9.4% or 518 Clare Workers signing on in the past month as “another Black Friday for County Clare” adding “how many more Black Fridays will Clare Workers have to endure before this Government acts to address the Region’s declining “competitiveness”.   “The release of the latest CSO Live Register figures shows another sharp increase in the number of Clare Workers signing on in the past month with an additional 518 or 9.4% recorded with all areas of the County affected, Ennis up 10.2%, Kilush up 8.1%, Ennistymon up 8.9% and Tulla up 7.5%. In the past 12 months the Clare live register figures have risen by a staggering 1602 or 32% and what is really worrying is the fact that in the past year the number of Under 25’s has increased by a whopping 53.6% .” “Nationally the Live Register figure has soared by 17,000 from June and is now at just over 238,000, the total is the highest in more than 10 years.”

“While the figures reflect the rapid decline in the Construction Sector the Mid-West Region’s declining competitivess continues to be ignored by Government”. “On the anniversary of the abandonment of the Shannon Heathrow Service and the failure of Government to act to secure the service, the Region is still reeling from the fall-out with job loss announcements the norm”

“Meanwhile the Government have sat on their laurels and have failed to act”.

“What is needed now is leadership and action to restore this region’s declining competitiveness.

Start by cutting VAT to stimulate the housing market and construction sector.

Identify and up skill vulnerable workers.

Connectivity must be restored to London Heathrow. US Customs and Border Protection facility at Shannon must be fast tracked. Shannon Developments Master plan for the rejuvenation of the Shannon Free Zone must receive Government support. 

IDA and Enterprise Ireland must redouble their efforts to attract new industries to County Clare.

The Budget for Regional Tourism Promotion must be expanded. “Having failed to act in spite of all the warnings signs over the past twelve that this Region was losing out I have little confidence now but that this Government will continue to turn a blind eye to the problems of County Clare.”