Casey calls for IDA Task Force for Wicklow

Fianna Fáil candidate for Wicklow, councillor Pat Casey, has expressed concerns with the lack of support for businesses across the county, particularly in North Wicklow, Wicklow town and Arklow. Pat is a local businessman and creating sustainable jobs and supporting SMEs is at the heart of his campaign to be a Wicklow representative in Dáil Eireann.

“The chronic neglect of Wicklow by the IDA under this government is no doubt one of the reasons for the lack of employment growth in this county. A task force is urgently needed to boost the economy of Wicklow and to address the two tier recovery taking place under this government. Wicklow and other areas should not be left behind, with all growth centred in Dublin.”

Wicklow lost a massive 129 IDA jobs in 2015. In addition to this, LEADER funding (which promotes employment) in Wicklow has seen a massive cut of over 30% or €2.8million.

Under investment can also be seen in Wicklow when it comes to broadband. Over 16,500 homes and businesses in Wicklow (over 26% of total premises) will have to wait up until 2021 for next generation broadband services under State intervention under the National Broadband Plan.

“It is an indictment on this government that even in a county with such close proximity to Dublin, over 26% of all premises in Wicklow will have to wait up until 2021 to get next generation broadband. If Fianna Fáil are elected we will prioritise investment in broadband and halt this two tier recovery taking place by creating a fair recovery for all.”

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