"AFTER Aetna closed its facility on the Tralee Road Industrial Estate here in Castleisland, IDA Ireland was successful in attracting JRI America Incorporated, to establish a software development operation in Tralee, which will create up to 100 highly skilled positions over the next number of years."
That's the opening line of an answer given in Dail Eireann last week in response to a question on employment initiatives in the Castleisland area by South Kerry Independent Deputy Tom Fleming.
Is it any wonder that many people in the Castleisland area have a hang-up about state agencies and their efforts to attract jobs to the valley here.
While it is great news for Tralee and no one here would begrudge our county town its fair dues, but it doesn't bode well for the creation of jobs here in the short term.
"The vacant Aetna building is the property of that company and it is the company's decision to put the building on the market. At the time of the announcement of the company closure, there were local reports that the building should be given over to the State or local development interests but no such decision was ever agreed to or proposed by the company," the reply continued.
Responding, Deputy Fleming said: "With respect to the Minister of State, Deputy Perry, and the Minister, Deputy Bruton, the reply is a repeat of one I received from the Minister, Deputy Bruton, last November.
The reply contains much rhetoric and gobbledygook and is repetitive of one I received six months ago. In the south-west region we are the poor relations in terms of employment and the attraction of viable jobs into this country. We are being totally overlooked.
"I will be honest about it. It is not just this Government but successive Governments have allowed Kerry to become an industrial wasteland. Many of the 120 staff who are capable and skilled people are not in any way confident about gaining work in the near future. Some of them have left this country.
"I urge the Minister to intervene at this late stage because I got positive statements last November about the IDA placing suitable industry in the vacant premises. I am most disappointed with what I have heard this evening," Deputy Fleming concluded.