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Tipperary is unemployment blackspot as 1 in 3 in Tipp Town are unemployed

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Statement from Seamus Healy TD regarding Tipperary Unemployment rates

NO PART OF The County is Left  UNTOUCHED BY THIS BLIGHT!

The neglect of Co Tipperary by successive governments is clear from the recent census results issued by the Central Statistics Office(CSO). The average unemployment in Co Tipperary at 14.6% is worse than that in Limerick City and County which has 18 Blackspots and well above the national average! A blackspot is local area which has unemployment of more than 27%. The unemployment rates of 34.0% in the Eastern Part of Tipperary Town and 29.2% in Carrick-on-Suir, the two Co Tipp blackspots, are truly shocking. Co Tipperary at 14.6% is the 12th worst of the 30 administrative counties in the state. This compares with a rate of 7.4% in the administrative county of  Dun Laoire-Rathdown.

A presentation given to the Minister for Jobs in April this year shows that Co Tipperary is bottom of the Table for IDA Jobs per Head of population  of the Counties Across the South East and Mid-West Regions  and is  1 from bottom of the Table for IDA Jobs per head across  the 26-counties

The following 26 areas have unemployment levels 5% or more   above the national average of 12.9%:

Unemployment rate of all Electoral Divisions (ED’s) within Tipperary (Census 2016)   CSO
Electoral division name Population aged 15 years and over Unemployed In the labour force Unemployment rate
Tipperary East Urban 1954 336 989 34.00%
Carrick-on-Suir Urban 3550 590 2022 29.20%
Clonmel West Urban 4681 582 2290 25.40%
Farranrory 385 55 217 25.30%
Cashel Urban 1984 252 1117 22.60%
Mullinahone 668 82 375 21.90%
Tipperary West Urban 1500 186 866 21.50%
Thurles Urban 5594 645 3026 21.30%
Fethard 741 87 410 21.20%
New Birmingham 339 41 194 21.10%
Ballingarry 553 66 315 21.00%
Carrickbeg Urban 1154 145 701 20.70%
Littleton 862 100 485 20.60%
Killenaule 949 102 499 20.40%
Roscrea 4939 602 2956 20.40%
Nenagh East Urban 2442 299 1534 19.50%
Graigue 233 26 138 18.80%
Nenagh West Urban 4306 493 2623 18.80%
Poyntstown 144 15 80 18.80%
Borrisokane 1012 103 553 18.60%
Finnoe 151 16 87 18.40%
Ballyphilip 347 35 192 18.20%
Kilcommon 1730 187 1026 18.20%
Templemore 1576 151 843 17.90%
Greystown 335 36 205 17.60%
Clonmel East Urban 3298 331 1922 17.20%

Co Tipperary has no gateway or  preferred  employment hub designated by the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) for inward investment-unlike Counties Cork, Limerick and Waterford

Following disastrous job losses in recent years-over 1000 in the last two years alone,I have repeatedly called on the Minister for Employment in the Dáil to end this discrimination against Co Tipperary without success. I now repeat my call to the new Minister , Frances Fitzgerald, to bring forward special measures to eliminate the blackspots and to give Co Tipperary it’s fair share of government spending and IDA jobs. There was not a single new local authority house built in the county in the last twelve months!

I call on Co Tipperary Co. Council to call a special meeting to prepare a campaign  to demand government action to reduce unemployment in the county and to eliminate Unemployment Blackspots

I call on all Co Tipperary Dáil deputies to end all voting support or abstention in favour of the Government until Co Tipperary gets Fair Play On Jobs