Two Reports sitting on Government Desks must be published immediately – BREEN.

July 14th, 2009 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has today called for the publication of two reports which are sitting on Government desks which he says are “hugely important” for the future development of this Region.

“The interim report of the Mid-West Job Task Force which was chaired by Denis Brosnan and which was set up in the wake of Dell job loss announcement is now sitting on the Tanaiste Mary Couglan’s desk since the beginning of July”

“No sooner had the interim report landed on the Tanaiste’s desk, when the Government also received a copy of the much anticipated Bord Snip Report.”

“The Tanaiste must show more urgency. This Interim report must be published immediately because while the figures published by Shannon Development yesterday show a net gain of 108 jobs in the Shannon Free Zone for the past year, the stark reality is that there are now 10,169 registered as unemployment in Clare at the end of June 2009, an increase of 84.7% over the past 12 months.”

“The ‘Bord Snip’ report must also be published immediately. Suggestions that the role of Shannon Development is to be diminished at a time when the entire region is in the midst of a global recession are baffling to say the least.”

“In the 1950’s and 1960’s when this Region stood out as a beacon in an impoverished Ireland because the airport supported 1,000 jobs where Ireland was also in an economic crisis and when innovation and creativity thrived because balanced regional development was recognised and supported. Today, we need that same level of commitment to balanced regional development. Instead of knocking down our pillars of Regional Development, the Government should be giving them a solid foundation.”

“These two reports are hugely important for the future development of this Region and if the Government are not just paying lip service to balanced Regional Development, then the Tanaiste should immediately publish the Task Force Interim report and also clarify the situation regarding the future of Shannon Development.”

“Failure to do so could have serious long-term implications for this Region.”