Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the creation of over forty new jobs that are to be spread across the north and south of the county. Deputy McGrath was speaking after it was confirmed that Mack Engineering, in Nenagh, Horizon Offsite in Cahir and Phil Purcell Engineering in Thurles are all set to grow employment opportunities with the assistance of the Tipperary Local Enterprise Office (LEO):
“This is fantastic news for the county but it will be especially welcomed at the local level where the real impact is felt in terms of economic gains.
I also want to salute the work that in this instance was co-ordinated and advanced by the Tipperary LEO; we need all hands working together to make Tipperary thrive and to reach the potential that we all know it has.
In light of that I am calling on the government to renew the policy it has adopted over the last number of years toward the LEADER Programme and the Local Action Groups.
We have known for some time now that cuts to the funding for the LEADER programme in Tipperary were the second highest in the Country for 2015-2020.
There was a dramatic reduction from €25.3 million for the 2007-2013 period to €10.1 million over the following five years.
This represented a staggering loss of €15.2 million for the county.
Think of what could have been achieved in terms of job creation if that funding had still been available.
As I have said; we need all hands on deck if we are going to see the kind of positive future employment announcements like those confirmed over the weekend,” concluded Deputy McGrat