Daly to represent Govt at European meeting on growth and jobs

Knowledge to be harnessed for job creation initiative in West Cork

Fine Gael Cork South West Deputy, Jim Daly, who will be representing the Government at an inter-parliamentary meeting on growth and jobs in Brussels next week, has today (Wednesday) confirmed that he will launch a job creation initiative for West Cork in the coming months.

Deputy Jim Daly who is a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform will attend a two day meeting in Brussels on Economic Policy Coordination, which will be attended by representatives from all member states of the EU.

The meeting, which will be held at the EU Parliament in Brussels on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th of February, will centre around discussions on how to achieve sustainable growth, job creation and social progress in adverse economic circumstances.

Speaking in advance of the meeting Deputy Daly said: ‘I have devoted much of my first year in the Dáil to studying the Finance portfolio and am very honoured to be the only representative of the main Government Party to attend these important discussions on growth and job creation. I very much look forward to meeting with the economic giants of the EU such as Ollie Rehn and Herman Van Rompuy to ensure that Ireland continues to create jobs, grow our economy and ultimately regain our economic independence’.

“These meetings will bring together representatives of the EU countries to discuss the future for the EU as a reinforced economic union, focusing on strategies to aid growth and the creation of jobs. The meetings will be attended by the President of the EU Commission, José Manuel Barroso, the President of the EU Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Olli Rehn.

“I am committed to harnessing the knowledge and experience I gain on the national and European stage, in relation to job creation, to the benefit of the people of West Cork. Job creation is the single greatest challenge facing our region and needs to be addressed.

“I intend to lead a job creation initiative for West Cork next April and will be undertaking extensive consultation with the businesses of West Cork to determine the challenges facing employers in the region. This, along with a focus on improving essential infrastructure such as broadband, will form the main basis of the job creation drive. I am currently putting in place a steering committee to assist me with this process and look forward to driving the project forward in the interest of getting the people of West Cork off the Live Register and back to work.”