West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Tyrone left out of 'Jobs Fair Initiative' once again - McDermott

Published: 25 August, 2015

Sinn Féin representative Grace McDermott has said that the exclusion of Tyrone from a series of 'Four Major Jobs Fairs and Advice Forums' organised by the Department for Employment and Learning is a shameful indictment of the economic policies of both DEL and DETI and their refusal to meet the programme for government commitment of tackling regional imbalance.

Ms McDermott was speaking after the Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry announced that these events would be taking place in Newry, Derry, Ballymoney and Belfast over the months of September and October.

Ms McDermott said,

"I am appalled at the decision by DEL to organise a series of jobs fairs and advice forums across the north but not to put one in place for the people of Tyrone.

"We all know that Invest NI have failed to bring adequate investment into this county and as a result young people are being forced to emigrate to seek work elsewhere, including my own sister just a few weeks ago.

"This is the third year in a row that DEL have organised these events and each year they have failed to organise one in Tyrone.

"Putting a jobs fair in place for the people of Tyrone will however not suffice. In a recent report on labour mobility for DEL, 60% of people said that there weren't enough jobs being created in their area.

"What needs to happen is a coherent plan for tackling regional disparity. The current approach and this decision in particular, is a shameful indictment of the economic policies of both DEL and DETI and their refusal to meet the programme for government commitment of tackling regional imbalance.

"I have written to the minister to ask why Tyrone is consistently being left out of these initiatives."