Burton: Action Plan for Jobs delivering results

Tanaiste Joan Burton at Sun Life with Michael Walsh, CEO, Waterford City & County, John O'Gorman, Bernard Nevin, Gary & Colin Falconer, CJ Falconer & Associates. | Photo: John Power

Tanaiste Joan Burton at Sun Life with Michael Walsh, CEO, Waterford City & County, John O'Gorman, Bernard Nevin, Gary & Colin Falconer, CJ Falconer & Associates. | Photo: John Power

Tánasite and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton said that the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs was already stimulating economic growth and will significantly contribute to the recovery in Waterford and the South East.

Speaking during her visit to Waterford on Wednesday last, Minister Burton said cities such as Waterford had been earmarked for priority status within the plan, a sentiment echoed by IDA Regional Director Anne Marie Tierney Le Roux.

The plan, she added, was to create 40,000 sustainable jobs as a means of significantly addressing the region’s long-term unemployment situation.

“In my view, Waterford comes with strong investment potential, and we’ve seen signs in recent months, through West Pharma, Glanbia and today here at Sun Life Financial, that this is a city with a skilled and qualified labour force, a top class third level institute in WIT; it’s a city at the heart of a region which can offer a great quality of life, and now comes complete with excellent infrastructural connections.”

Regarding the push for a Technological University in the region, Joan Burton said such an academic upgrade would provide a further investment and employment boosts, and added that the relative proximity of UCC made the area well positioned to attract skilled labour. “I and my colleagues in cabinet shall continue to push hard and make a strong case for this region, which, personally, I am very familiar with,” she added.

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