FIANNA Fáil TD for Cork South West, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said questions need to be asked about how the Government, and Government Departments, allocate resources and investment to ensure fairness and equal treatment for all counties and regions.
Deputy Murphy O’Mahony was commenting after it became clear that Cork would receive less than half the number of additional jobs under the Rural Social Scheme than the Taoiseach’s own county of Mayo. “Minister Varadkar made it known yesterday that Co. Mayo would receive an additional location of 89 places compared to a figure of just 39 for Co. Cork. The Government announced 89 extra RSS places to May bringing its total number from 562 to 641 while Cork received an additional 39 places bring it from 171 to 210. “The simple fact is that Cork has a population four times that of Mayo, yet it receives under half of the additional jobs that Mayo received.
“While population shouldnt be the only factor when it comes to allocating places, I dont believe that the allocation to Cork is fair.
“Too often, politicians bang the home-county drum for no reason, but it’s clear that there is a mismatch between population and jobs. “The Government needs to direct that fairness is applied when allocating resources and placements such as those announced yesterday. “Perceived favouritism by Government Ministers and Departments towards certain counties will only generate unnecessary antagonism. That is something that should be left on the football pitch,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.