IDA must answer on jobs

A Portlaoise Town Councillor wants answers from the IDA as to why they have not created any new jobs in Laois.

A Portlaoise Town Councillor wants answers from the IDA as to why they have not created any new jobs in Laois.

“Over Christmas they were praising themselves on job announcements in the midlands over the last year, but Portlaoise or county Laois didn’t feature,” Cllr Willie Aird said.

At last week’s meeting of Portlaoise Town Council, Cllr Aird called on the IDA to inform them of the progress they had made with regard to finding tenants for their properties on the Mountrath Road.

“If we don’t keep the pressure on people with responsibility for providing jobs they will turn around and say that we weren’t pushing it. The IDA will have to say why they weren’t successful in bringing jobs to Portlaoise. We invested heavily in the area. I hope 2012 will be more positive,” he said.

Town clerk, John Clarke said he had sent a letter to the IDA on January 4, but had not recevied a response yet.

Cllr Caroline Dwane said they should concentrate on helping local companies open up.

“Their figures said there was upto 16,000 nett job creation, but none of these were in Portlaoise. Maybe we should concentrate on opening up local companies,” she said.

Chairman, Cllr Matthew Keegan said the IDA were praising themselves last year when they met with the council because of the number of viewings they had in Portlaoise.

“But there is no new tenants,” he said.

Cllr Tom Jacob said with the population of Portlaoise rocketing, there was a need for future planning.