O’Neill false claim an example of Negative Campaign

O’Neill false claim that the IDA has left Donegal another example of Opposition Negative Campaign – Ó Domhnaill

Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, Fianna Fáil candidate in the Donegal South West bye-election, has called the false claim by Fine Gael’s candidate that the IDA has left Donegal the type of negative campaigning that has nothing to offer Donegal or Ireland.

“Barry O’Neill has claimed that the IDA has “pulled out” of Donegal; that it will no longer bring any jobs to the county. The facts show that this is simply not true”, Senator Ó Domhnaill has said.

“While the IDA has transferred certain lands to Donegal County Council, the IDA continues to have a strategic business park in the county and a number of other important policy changes are giving a new priority to getting jobs into Donegal.

“Moreover, the transferred lands are directly intended to be used by Donegal County Council to facilitate job creation and support economic development. The agreement gives Donegal County Council the opportunity to develop land and buildings to benefit local enterprise and community projects.

“As a public representative, I’ve worked hard to get agencies cooperating and this is a very good example of job creation agencies and our County Council working together.

Senator Ó Domhnaill added: “Another important development which can increase IDA support for Donegal is that I, along with various party colleagues, successfully argued for the IDA’s new strategy document which directly commits the Authority to ensuring that at least 50% of its new investments are in the regions.

“It is particularly unfortunate that Cllr O’Neill’s party colleague, Deputy Simon Coveney TD, fought this plan tooth and nail. He wants the IDA to prioritise the location of foreign direct investment in the regions of Cork and Dublin. To focus solely on these two big cities would be a serious backwards step for balanced regional development and for Co. Donegal.”

“It is unfortunate that Cllr O’Neill chose to ignore these facts and play political games.”

Senator Ó Domhnaill concluded: “I reject the negative politics being played in this case and too many others by the opposition candidates. The issues are too serious and too urgent for us to waste time on politics as usual. We need action. We should have a serious and positive debate about what needs to be done to ensure economic growth and job creation in Co. Donegal. The IDA will be integral to that debate, and we will ensure that it continues to play a major role in Donegal’s recovery.”

Posted: Nov 15, 2010     |     Categories: Donegal South West