KERRY is losing out heavily on the creation of new job opportunities because of an apparent Dublin first policy favoured by the government, it has been claimed.
Kerry TD John Brassil noted that just 10 IDA site visits took place in this county in 2018 compared to 35 in Limerick, 61 in Cork and a whopping 269 in Dublin.
“These figures clearly indicate where Fine Gael’s priorities lie,” Fianna Fail Deputy John Brassil said.
“Many towns across Kerry have not felt the economic upturn and would benefit hugely from a jobs boost. However, it appears as if this government is determined to stick to its Dublin centric policies,” he added.
“The latest IDA site visit figures are a stark reminder of just how far down the priority list Kerry is,” said Deputy Brassil.
He said the latest CSO figures show that more than half of all new jobs in the last quarter of the year wereout in the capital and, in fact, more than 70 per cent of all jobs were created in the greater Dublin area.
“It is vital for balanced regional development that environments which facilitate job creation are developed outside the M50. The government has nowhere to hide,” Deputy Brassil said in a statement issued to KillarneyToday.com.
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