I was delighted to read in last weeks Roscommon People, Seamus Duke calling on our local representatives to do more with regard to job creation. In his article The great recovery is bypassing rural Ireland, he raised the issue in what I believe was perfect context.
For decades Roscommon and other counties such as Leitrim & Longford have been the victims of a lack of political will power on the issue of sustainable job creation. Government continues to ride high on the backs of “improving jobs numbers.” Yet here in Roscommon we are still waiting... Patiently.
We have seen much press recently surrounding the new Local Enterprise Offices, a step in the right direction no doubt but more needs to be done. I firmly believe it is the duty of our elected representatives to work hand in hand with local entrepreneurs to work toward real sustainable job creation. In a small economy like ours equitable job creation through-out the entire country is a very difficult task, and as Seamus Duke alluded to in his article much of the “recovery” is Dublin focused. However that should be no excuse as I have no doubt that greater political willpower would result in a greater number these jobs being created here in Roscommon.
Our representatives need do more to not only encourage new business to come and establish itself in Roscommon but also to encourage our existing SME's to expand. Greater access to and less red-tape surrounding the various grant-aid processes would be a very welcomed move with regard to helping our indigenous businesses to grow.
It is also important for our young entrepreneurs looking to start-up new businesses that they receive guidance and financial support in order to do so. It is only by creating a give it a go attitude amoung our young innovators that we can secure a sustainable future for County Roscommon.
There needs to be a holistic approach taken at a local level to guarantee our young people a future here in Roscommon. We produce a great crop of creative and educated people every year and sadly with-out a realistic job creation plan for the county they are going nowhere fast, apart from maybe to Australia.
I am a big believer that a working person is happy person, so to this end I applaud Seamus Duke on his outspokenness on the issue and also why I would join him in calling on our elected representatives to do more. We can bring jobs to Roscommon, and I believe we should even if it means doing it one job at a time.
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