Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Council has passed a motion calling on the Jobs Minister to come to Carrick-on-Suir, to see for himself the extent of the unemployment black-spots that exist in the town and in the surrounding areas.
Proposed by Cllr David Dunne (SF) on Thursday 25th September, the motion asks that Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister, Richard Bruton, come to the town and see for himself – at firsthand – the unemployment issues in the area. It is hoped this will draw attention to the lack of inward investment in the area, and raise the profile of the employment shortfall in the town.
“The Census figures for 2011, the most recent available, show that the Carrick-on-Suir area has an unemployment rate of 35%”, said Cllr Dunne.
“That unemployment rate is 15% ABOVE the national average, and 10% above other towns of similar size”.
The present concern is that the unemployment rate in the area generally is not improving, as it is in other parts of the state.
“Shockingly, as of August 2014 there is an increase in unemployment in the Carrick-on-Suir area over the figures for the preceding July”.
“The figures I have to hand show an increase in that period of just over 1% – that’s 22 more people signing on”, said Cllr Dunne.
He has expressed his concern that any improvements in the employment rate in the area may come from outward migration, as citizens move elsewhere – or emigrate – seeking employment.
Cllr Dunne and the Carrick-on-Suir council have both expressed concern that the IDA is not doing enough to alleviate the employment shortfall. They have therefore adopted his motion, and call for urgent action from the state to invest in growth in the area and for the Minister to visit and explain what he is doing for the unemployed of Carrick-on-Suir and surrounding areas.