I believe that the Government have utterly failed North Tipperary by failing to create or secure new jobs for the region. Fine Gael and Labour have disappointed the electorate by promising to prioritise job creation during the last General Election but adopting a different approach when in power. I believe that the Government have failed to impact any real change or to draw investors into the region and all we see from them is empty rhetoric and relentless PR spin.
Despite all the pre-election promises by Fine Gael and Labour, since this Government was elected over 2 full years ago not one potential investor was brought to North Tipperary by the IDA, and not one single extra job was created. South Tipperary had a diminished ten extra jobs. North Tipperary has fared worst in the entire country and Government T.D’s must stand up and take responsibility.
The figures from the IDA are quite simply abysmal, disgraceful and disheartening. Tipperary seems to simply be a blot on the map for the IDA and Government. We have effectively been abandoned and forgotten by the IDA, the Government and worst of all by our Government T.D’s. It seems that Tipperary has no clout in Government and our views and needs are being disregarded. Our Government representatives for Tipperary have failed the county and the unemployed. Constituents who find themselves out of work now feel ignored, abandoned, excluded and alone.
During the last election Fine Gael adopted the slogan of ‘Let’s Get Ireland Back to Work’. Little did the electorate realise that apparently Tipperary, in its entirety, was excluded from this promise. Labour’s manifesto stated that the lack of action on jobs has made the crisis in the public finances and in the banks even worse and made lavish promises to prioritise job creation and investment. The reality is that their Government have now sat by passively rather than take pro-active steps to draw jobs into our county. Additionally both parties proposed mammoth jobs funds to stimulate the economy. It seems these promised investments have been disregarded in place of actions plans and empty words. These promises have been disregarded with little thought and no consideration for the impact on the electorate.
Unemployment is the number one crisis in this country. Our young people are leaving our shores in there droves and many will simply never return. Day after day our airports are full of young people leaving in search of work. Many are facing destitution and despair due to lack of employment and are making the hugely difficult decision to flee the country in search of a better life abroad. We see highly skilled graduates, entire families, those burdened with debts or a mortgage that they cannot repay with no options here and no choice but to go.
We need real and tangible action, not another glitzy launch of an action plan to afford Government T.D’s a photo opportunity. These action plans are not worth the paper they are written on unless they deliver real jobs and the reality is that no jobs are being seen in Tipperary.