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Govt promises on regional jobs farcical as DSP posts moved back to Dublin – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Marc Mac Sharry has slammed the Government following confirmation that jobs attached to the information section of the Department of Social Protection, which is based in Sligo, are to be moved to the Department in Dublin.  Deputy Mac Sharry says the decision flies in the face of Government promises about creating jobs in the regions.

Deputy Mac Sharry commented, “This Government has reached new heights of hypocrisy with this latest move these Department of Social Welfare jobs back to Dublin.  These positions, which have been here in Sligo for over a decade and were part of a previous Government plan to create jobs in the regions.  This Fine Gael led administration seems determined to isolate the regions, and in particular, the North West, and this latest decision is further proof of its strategy to downgrade the area.

“I raised this issue with the Taoiseach in the Dáil this week, and his response was less than satisfactory.  Instead of addressing the subject directly, he evaded the key issue of relocating the department section back to Dublin and spoke about the Wild Atlantic Way, Knock Airport and even Norwegian airlines transatlantic route out of Cork.  His comments reveal just how out of touch he is with the reality on the ground.

“I have grave concerns that the removal of this information section will have a negative impact on any future potential job opportunities within the civil service.  Anyone who wants to relocate back to the North West will be forced to the back of the queue, as the 32 workers, whose jobs are being transferred to Dublin, will have to be redeployed first.

“This decision makes a mockery of Government claims that it’s invested in the regions.  Once again we see jobs making their way to the capital, despite consistent calls to strengthen the North West.  Not only is Fine Gael ignoring this region, it is now actively removing key posts and transferring them to Dublin.  While completely unacceptable, it is now par for the course of this Dublin centric administration”.