Bruton must answer on ‘zero’ jobs

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The Government’s jobs Minister must say why there have been ‘zero’ IDA jobs created in Laois at a jobs summit in Portlaoise this month, according to local TD Brian Stanley.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton is hosting an Action Plan for Jobs Business Forum in Portlaoise, on Tuesday, January 28 at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.

Minister Bruton will outline the Government’s approach to job creation and listen to views and ideas of businesses on what help they need, to protect jobs and create new ones.

Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and the Laois County Enterprise board will participate in the meeting hosted by Charlie Flangan TD.

There are 8,614 people signing on the live register in Laois while the public sector is the biggest employer.

Deputy Flanagan said the meeting is aimed at small and medium sized business but believed that the IDA’s poor record would have to be discussed.

Deputy Stanley said the Minister must be challenged on “why zero employment has been created by the IDA”. Sean Fleming TD said youth unemployment must also be tackled because of emigration.




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