The Sinn Féin candidate in the Meath East by-election, Darren O’Rourke, has called on the government to implement a job creation strategy for Meath East.
O’Rourke said that Sinn Féin is the only party with the policies to get the constituency back working.
“Fianna Fáil created the jobs crisis. Fine Gael and Labour are not solving it.
“There are over 10,000 people unemployed in Meath with over 2,200 out of work in Kells alone. Emigration is at famine era levels. My own brother was recently forced to emigrate because he just couldn’t find any work. He is one of thousands of young, highly qualified, bright young people forced turn their backs on their country because the government has turned its back on them.
“With its proximity to Dublin airport and other transport links, Meath is an ideal place for businesses to locate, yet the country continues to be overlooked for jobs and investment.
“It is time for new ideas and a new plan to get Meath East back to work. I believe that Sinn Féin is the only party with the policies to get the constituency back to work. We are calling for:
· A €13 billion statewide job stimulus plan to create 156,000 jobs and retain up to 15,000 existing jobs
· Open up state procurement to small companies
· Set job creation targets for regional areas like Meath
· Develop the tourism potential of Meath East including developing the Boyne Valley as a major tourism, walking and cycling green route
· Build on Meath’s natural strengths in agriculture and support development of agri-food business
· Ensure every young person in Meath has access to a job, training or education and is not forced to emigrate
“These are just a few of Sinn Féin’s innovative job creation proposals. I believe that with the right policies we can get Meath East working and I believe that Sinn Féin has those policies.”