Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has targetted jobs as the biggest priority for Longford and Westmeath.
“Jobs are our biggest priority in the Midlands and I hope people will vote with their heads in this election.
“In creating and sustaining jobs, small and medium enterprises are playing a huge part in the recovery of our economy.
“We know that SMEs are the lifeblood of towns and villages the length and breadth of Longford and Westmeath and that is why Fine Gael is committed to supporting local businesses through a range of measures, including:
• Ending the tax discrimination of the self-employed by 2018
• Targeting a €1 billion reduction in the cost of red tape
• Boosting by €1bn annually in new sources of finance for SMEs
“The last five years have proven that with the right support by Government, such as our Action Plan for Jobs, Irish businesses can emerge from the recession with renewed confidence for the future.”