Michael McCarthy

RECENT job announcements are a sign that the Government’s jobs strategy is working according to local TD Michael McCarthy.

The Labour TD said, “It is becoming increasingly clear that Ireland is fast restoring its reputation as an attractive business base and that confidence in our nation is growing again.

“The recent wave of activity on the job-creation front is encouraging. The current situation was eloquently summarised by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore during Leader’s Questions today when he listed a catalogue of companies who have made significant jobs announcements here in recent months. It silenced various elements of the opposition benches.

“This week alone, we have seen the creation of 115 jobs by Cisco in Galway, 250 by SAP in Dublin/Galway, 35 by Sentenial in Maynooth, 20 by Maxi Zoo in Carlow/Tipperary, 100 by Transero in Shannon and 50 by Penthouse Casino in Dublin.

“Some 1,500 jobs will also be created through the new Asian trade hub in Athlone announced this week, with a further 1,200 construction jobs to be created during the project,” he said.

Deputy McCarthy said there was no “silver bullet” solution to the jobs crisis and the road to economic recovery remains long but he looked forward to further positive news in the future.