My five point economic plan for Dungarvan

I am a first time candidate for Dungarvan Town Council and have recently put forward a five point plan, which I believe would empower the local authority in further supporting the local economy and creating and sustaining jobs in West Waterford.

Bread and butter questions to do with the local government have arisen on the canvass but issues with a national or economic element are also featuring heavily.

These comments have convinced me that the new Council elected by Dungarvan and Abbeyside residents on June 5th needs to place itself at the centre of a multi agency effort to keep jobs – and people – in the town.

 

So here’s the plan:

 

* Bringing it Back Home: We should launch an incentive to encourage people who have left Dungarvan for abroad or other parts of Ireland and had success to invest in their home town and county. These could be packaged as low interest loans with lenders taking the reduction as a mark of solidarity or equity.

* West Waterford Mark: This would be awarded to companies, services, producers contributing to employment and enterprise in the town and county, thus facilitating consumers to support these products and services.

 

* Flexibility with Social Welfare and FAS: This could be achieved with the co-operation of the Department of Family and Social Affairs liberalise back to education and back to work schemes in Dungarvan, particularly for workers recently made redundant. Maximise access to FAS courses and schemes in the Dungarvan area.

* Green Collar Jobs: We must strive to establish Dungarvan as the leading area for green technology and West Waterford as one of the major growth regions in the next few years, providing training and or up skilling to those previously employed in the construction sector.

* Finally, intensive lobbying must be undertaken to ensure Dungarvan can get a share of the €30 billion available under the European Investment Bank Fund for lending to small business this money could match or leverage some of the other funds outlined in this plan.

Small firms are vital to the strength of our economy. We need to make sure that despite the global credit crunch, they have access to the loans and capital they need to help their businesses grow and develop.

Ciara Conway is a Labour candidate for Dungarvan Town Council.

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