Business Irish

Saturday 25 March 2017

We can transform country one community at a time

As someone who was unemployed three times, I understand the challenges faced by so many. There is no shame in being unemployed but I know all about the related loss of self-confidence. This, combined with lack of money, can see many people withdraw from the very networks that could lead them back to the workplace.

The greatest challenge facing Ireland is that of unemployment and emigration.

Emigration robs the country of youth and vitality and the potential contribution of our young people. It also leaves a legacy of isolation for older people in rural and urban areas.

My passion and reason for focusing on enterprise goes way beyond business. Enterprise and job creation are the very glue that holds our communities together. Local employment means money in the local economy, keeping the schools open, services running and sports teams on the field.

Employment gives people an opportunity to stay in their community and hope for the future. While foreign direct investment is important, it cannot sustain small rural communities.

Local enterprise will do that. We need to get back to the value of respecting honest work, of all types. Unemployment is a challenge that cannot be solved nationally but through local job creation transforming our country, one community at time.

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