Positive political reaction, call for bias towards rural Ireland

Senator Frank Feighan said that the creation of a further 200 new jobs at VistaMed in Carrick-on-Shannon is a major endorsement for the pool of talent which exists in Leitrim and the surrounding region.   

  “This significant jobs boost is clear evidence that counties like Leitrim have the skilled talent and infrastructure to attract major international companies.

  “This announcement has given another huge vote of confidence to the community of Carrick-on-Shannon and Rooskey where its other plant is located. This jobs boost follows on from another major jobs announcement made by the company only two years ago.”

  Senator Maura Hopkins said: “The announcement is fantastic news for County Leitrim and North County Roscommon and the surrounding areas as it will attract many young professionals back to this region.

  “Minister Mitchell O’Connor has visited the region numerous times since her appointment, demonstrating her strong commitment to the future growth and development of this region.”

  Senator Hopkins concluded: “This announcement is a welcome boost for Carrick-on-Shannon and the surrounding region which has gone through a difficult period in recent times after suffering many jobs losses. These new jobs will provide a great boost for the economic life of the area.”

  Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice welcomed the news and said the company’s commitment to this rural part of Ireland is admirable and the new jobs will provide a huge economic boost to the region.

  “In the context of this announcement I would urge the Government under the auspices of Enterprise Ireland and the IDA to positively discriminate in favour of rural Ireland and the West in particular when sourcing suitable sites for companies who are willing to invest in Ireland and create employment. The experience of VistaMed shows that jobs can be created in rural areas and that a well educated and skillful workforce is readily available.”