The Laois County Enterprise Board is set to be abolished under new government reforms, which could signal more bad news for the county where the number of people on the Live Register continues to rise.
Local TD Sean Fleming has said that Minister Bruton’s plans to abolish all County Enterprise Boards would be very bad news for Laois and will cause difficulties in terms of future employment.
He said that the IDA and Enterprise Ireland have been “abysmal failures” from a Laois perspective.
“The Minister has made it clear that there will be no savings arising from the closure of the Enterprise Boards as all staff will be transferred to either Enterprise Ireland or to the local county council,” said Dep Fleming. “He actually says there will be some additional expenditure in terms of staff training, new computer systems and websites etc.”
The closure comes at a time when the number on the Live Register continues to rise.
The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office reveal that the number signing on in Laois rose from 9,209 in June to 9,393 in July.
The July figure is also up on the same period from 2012, as 9,217 were signing on last July.
Of the 9,393 recorded last month, there were 4,642 signing on in Portlaoise (2,821 men and 1,821 women), 3,539 in Portarlington (2,181 men and 1,358 women), and 1,212 in Rathdowney (755 men and 457 women).