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Wednesday 22 January 2020

Jobs plan outlined at Invest Wexford seminar

Brendan Keane

Plans are in place develop between 500 and 1,000 new jobs in county Wexford over the next five years.

That was the news delivered to a conference held recently in Enniscorthy organised by Invest Wexford in conjunction with Enniscorthy Municipal District Council and Enniscorthy Chamber.

Ed Murphy is Senior Economic Advisor with Wexford County Council, and speaking at the seminar he highlighted that Invest Wexford's goal is to create up to 1,000 new jobs in the county over the next five years.

He said the aim of the seminar in Enniscorthy was to get input, ideas, energy and support from stakeholders in the town and surrounding areas as to how that aim can be achieved.

It's expected that similar seminars will also take place in Wexford, Gorey and New Ross in the coming months with a view to developing a comprehensive plan for the county with regard to job creation.

'Hitting our job creation goals will not be done by the Government, our politicians, the IDA, Enterprise Ireland or Wexford County Council, but it can and will be done by people contributing to and co-operating with these bodies to help make it happen,' Mr Murphy told the attendees at the seminar.

'It must happen from the ground up,' he added.

Funding will come from a variety of sources including central Government, private investment and the local authority.

Mr Murphy said that in 2019 the local authority received €15m from the Urban and Rural Regeneration Fund for specific projects in the county.

He also said Invest Wexford will be running an event in Dublin on February 20, at which Dublin based companies will be invited to consider setting up a second office or site in Wexford.

Wexford Councillors recently supported an economic and community investment plan by approving an increase in Local Property Tax and Commercial Rates.

'This allowed the Council to ring-fence an investment fund of €50m,' said Mr Murphy.

'This investment will generate more in Government and private investment and so allow the Council to deliver and invest in the future of the county and take its destiny into our own hands,' he added.

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