Louth Deputy Gerry Adams has described recent figures on IDA jobs created in Louth and the Border Region as “deeply depressing”.
Speaking today, Adams said: “Border counties fare particularly badly in the provision of IDA supported jobs and with the Brexit already having an adverse impact on the economy, that situation could get worse without proper planning and funding by government.
“Those living in the six border region counties, including Louth, are between two and five times worse off than areas like Dublin and Cork. The disparity for Monaghan is 1 job for every 447 people. For Donegal it is 1 job – 52 people. Cavan is 1 job – 63 people. Louth is 1 job for 35 people. Sligo is 1 job for every 28 people and Monaghan is 1 job for every 447 people.
“In Dublin, 9,000 new jobs were added in 2016, but in Louth the figure was 453. In Sligo the net gain was 190. In Cavan it was 41. In Leitrim it was 3. In Donegal it was 145. While in Monaghan the number of IDA jobs created in 2016 was 7.
“That means the six acknowledged border counties secured a miserly net gain of 839 IDA supported jobs in the border county out of 18,627 IDA backed jobs across the state in 2016.
“The IDA does huge work in creating new jobs. Over the decades it has proven itself to be an invaluable agency in attracting investment into the state. However, there is a huge imbalance in the distribution of these jobs across the state."