Creating jobs is my top priority – Ó Domhnaill

Speaking at the start of the final week’s campaigning, Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill said his number one priority will be to create jobs and therefore cut Donegal’s dole queues.

 “My top priority will be the creation of jobs here in Donegal. The global economic downturn has hit the county hard but the strength of our farming, fishing, agriculture sectors and our strong export base means there are huge opportunities for job creation. This will mean increased employment and smaller dole queues in Donegal,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.

“Our plan for jobs puts special emphasis on providing support for small and medium sized enterprise, especially those in the agri-business sector.  Farming, fishing and agriculture have become increasingly important parts of the local and national economy and our Harvest 2020 strategy will create at least 4000 positions, many of which will be here in Donegal. Ireland’s products and services in these areas have become world-renowned and it is vital that our farmers, fishermen and agri-businesses here in Donegal get their share of this boom.

“The Small and Medium business sector will play an increasingly important role in our economy and especially in rural counties like Donegal. I will work to ensure a healthy trading environment for these crucial businesses by ensuring energy costs are tightly regulated and a reduction in red-tape. Helping these companies expand so they can employ more people is critical if we are to deliver more jobs for the county.

Senator Ó Domhnaill also underlined the importance of tourism for the county: “Tourists have visited Donegal for generations to enjoy beautiful scenery and our unique cultural heritage. People North and South are showing an increased preference to holiday at home and I work to ensure that Donegal’s tourism offer stays top of the league. More visitors means increased demand for accommodation, restaurants and visitor attractions which in turn means more jobs,” he said.

“The importance our Gaeltacht community and industries cannot be overestimated. The regular summer and Easter visits from thousands of young and adult learners means regular income for homes and businesses across the county. I will ensure that industries in these areas receive full government support,” he concluded.

Posted: Feb 19, 2011     |     Categories: Uncategorized