Fitzmaurice proposal on cigar factory jobs ‘useless’ – Murphy


Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon Galway Eugene Murphy had described the proposal for the establishment of a task force to deal with the fall-out of recent job losses in Ballaghaderreen as a cosmetic exercise that will lead nowhere.

  Deputy Murphy said that a direct route to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor was necessary following the news that 38 jobs are to be lost in Ballaghaderreen with the impending closure of the Exclusive Cigar Manufacturers Ireland plant.

  The Fianna Fáil TD said a proposal by Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice to set up a task force with Enterprise Ireland and the IDA to tackle the jobs losses in Ballaghaderreen was shortsighted and would be a useless exercise.

  “We all know that these task forces are a waste of time. They are simply a cosmetic exercise which ultimately will lead nowhere. The Government are continuing to ignore the regions in its job creation strategy and we need a direct route to the Minister for Jobs in relation to this matter. Let’s cut to the chase. What have the IDA ever done for this area? Look at the facts – there have only been three IDA site visits to Roscommon in 2015 and 2016. 

 “There has been no sense of urgency in the Government’s attempts to secure investment for the county and this is blatantly obvious in these figures. The IDA has all but ignored Roscommon.

  “The fact of the matter is this Government has buried its head in the sand in terms of regional development, and Roscommon is suffering as a result. The impending job losses in Ballaghaderreen are just a further example of this and a direct route to the Minister for Jobs is necessary,” concluded Deputy Murphy.