• Up to 5 new multi-nationals targeted for Longford as part of McFadden’s Midlands Regional Job Strategy
Fine Gael’s Longford Westmeath TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has stated her intention to double the number of multi-national companies based in County Longford to ten businesses with potential to employ several hundred more people, as part of the Midlands Regional Jobs Strategy.
Currently, there are five multinationals based in Longford, employing 686 people. The first of the new projects, the Center Parcs project, has already been announced, and will create 1,750 new jobs in Ballymahon. But Deputy Mc Fadden is determined that Longford will have its fair share of the recovery, and is committed to seeing at least four more multi-nationals to set up here.
“The people of Longford supported me strongly in the bye election in 2014 and I am determined to continue to deliver my stated commitments; namely Jobs, Jobs and Jobs. And more jobs for Longford have been consistently on my agenda in regular meetings and discussions with my colleague Minister Richard Bruton.
“He agreed with me to make the Midlands the first area to have a Regional Jobs Strategy and has recently agreed with my target for Longford for five new multi-nationals. Co-ordinated by Deputy Mc Fadden, The Midlands Regional Jobs Strategy was formulated last year in consultation with over a hundred representatives from industry, the public sector, the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to formulate this. Contributions and ideas were sought and made by people working in construction, retail, farming and social enterprise in the Midlands and from the Midlands about how to create new jobs in the Midlands.
“Measures and initiatives that help create jobs in Dublin and the larger cities are often not necessarily the same ideas that are needed to attract jobs in counties like Longford, and the recovery has been slower to come to Longford than elsewhere. But results are positive with growth in numbers of people at work in the County of 28%.
“When Fine Gael came into government, there were 5,430 people on the live register in the county. This figure has been reduced to 3,934 in December 2015, an improvement of 28%.
“There is still a long way to go, said McFadden, but my commitment to jobs in Longford remains as strong as ever. When Fine Gael came into government, there were 5,430 people on the live register in the county. This figure has been reduced to 3,934 in December 2015, an improvement of 28%.
“There is still a long way to gobut my commitment to jobs in Longford remains as strong as ever”.