Fine Gael candidate in Tipperary, Noel Coonan today said that Fine Gael’s plan to support jobs will deliver more jobs right here in Tipperary and bring unemployment below 7% in every region.
“I meet with Fine Gael Ministers including Jobs Minister Richard Bruton every Wednesday night to prioritise jobs in Tipperary. I want to be re-elected so I will be in this position to continue to push for priority for Tipperary. I will also constantly push for investment into Tipperary with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland and highlight our many available quality sites. I brought them on visits to the county and will continue to do so. We in Fine Gael will abolish USC over 5 years. I am committed to unemployment within 1% of the national average of 6% by 2020. Enterprise Ireland figures for 2015 show that the Government’s job creation plan is working in Tipperary, where 5,264 people are employed in the 122 companies supported by the Department of Jobs, through Enterprise Ireland. These companies created 382 additional new jobs in Tipperary in 2015.
“Many of the projects I worked and delivered on have created jobs such as re-opening Templemore Garda College, sports capital funding to every community, securing the future of St Patrick’s College Thurles incorporating their training with Mary Immaculate College, safeguarding of Dean Maxwell Unit Community Nursing Unit Roscrea, St Conlon’s Community Nursing Unit Nenagh, Community Hospital of the Assumption Thurles, allocation of community funding to Cabra Wetlands, Littleton Community Centre, McAuley Centre Templemore, Community Centre for example.
“Fine Gael is already implementing Mid West Regional Action Plan for Jobs up to 2018 which is directly benefiting Tipperary, and has allocated €250m to help spread growth to all areas. Fine Gael will develop a Regional Action Plans for Jobs for the period after 2018 which will continue progress on delivering jobs for Tipperary,” said Deputy Coonan.
“Templemore Garda College is one of the biggest industries in County Tipperary. Recruitment and re-training supports the economy in all of Tipperary creating spin off jobs for hotels restaurants and service industries in Tipperary. This keeps jobs local in the county and supports the jobs of suppliers to the college. There are many further boosts to the local economy from the re-opening of Templemore Garda College. The college is presently seeking expressions of interest to provide student accommodation within 10-12mile radius of Templemore. This is extremely positive for local accommodation providers, restaurants, butchers, grocers. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy.
“I want investment in all the towns and villages in Tipperary and will continue to support the pharmaceutical industry in all our towns. I am working hard on replacement industry and several sites have also been looked at in Tipperary to support farming and the beet industry. Consistent support for Tipperary’s agri-food sector from the local bakers to the farm-related food industries is of priority to me. The success of Irish agriculture is rooted in local Tipperary communities.
“Fianna Fáil has no plan to develop our regions while it’s an area that Independents, with their local focus, simply won’t be able to, or won’t be interested in, delivering on. That is at the heart of the choice the electorate will have to make on the 26th. The return of this government is crucial if we want to build on the good work that this government has done to deliver jobs for Tipperary,” concluded Deputy Coonan.